The Alaskabou like many fly patterns has evolved from other successful fly patterns. The Alaskabou has been credited to George Cook whom used his selection of colour combinations to pursue Alaskan steelhead and salmon. George added Flashabou to increase the amount of attraction in the Marabou Spider. In the 1970’s Skagit River Steelhead guide Joe Butorac was credited with creating Marabou Spiders. Basically, the Marabou Spiders were palmered marabou without the benefit of Krystal Flash or Flashabou. Over the years, the pattern has evolved to be tied with or with out bodies, palmered and unpalmered marabou, with and without flash and some are tied completely with marabou while others employ mallard or schlappen collars.
The following pattern demonstrated is the pattern I use to tie my Alaskabou style marabou flies. The fly is simple, and once you have selected the proper materials, it is a breeze to tie. Although the Alaskabou was tied with Flashabou, I do substitute Krystal Flash. The Show Girl is a pink and purple combination popularized by George Cook. The Show Girl is popular for targeting west coast salmon and steelhead. Some of the other names you may have heard associated with Alaskabou are Candy Cane, Chum Candy, Flesh, Blue Moon, Pixie’s Revenge, Manhattan Beach and Popsicle to name a few. In a follow up article, I will post images of a number of Alaskabou colour schemes and recipes.