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Alaskabou Showgirl – Darren MacEachern

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.

Showgirl Alaskabou - Complete
Showgirl Alaskabou - Complete

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.

Showgirl Alaskabou - Materials
Showgirl Alaskabou - Materials

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Steelhead Hammer – Darren MacEachern

The Steelhead Hammer has had notable success targeting steelhead in British Columbia, as well as the Great Lakes tributaries. It is an effective pattern that can easily be changed with the season by varying the colour choices. Purple and blue seem to be better colours for winter use while pinks and reds tend to dominate in the spring and summer. Many Steelheaders have come to know the Hammer as their Go-To fly, and always keep extras in their box in a range of colours. The versatility of this fly has also allowed it to be an excellent choice for salmon and trout species. On a recent trip to Alberta, even a willing Arctic Grayling was found. I keep a selection of Hammers in my fly box, and you should consider it as well.

Purple Steelhead Hammer Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49S or other scud hook
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0 Fire Orange
Tail: Purple Schlappen
Ribbing: Silver Holographic Mylar Tinsel 1/64
Body: Black Super-Stretch Floss
Thorax: Purple Crystal Chenille
Head: Fire Orange

Steelhead Hammer Completed
Steelhead Hammer Completed

Steelhead Hammer - Materials
Steelhead Hammer - Materials

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Yellow Marabou Special – Bob Petti

Bob Petti has some great style and I love to look at the amazing streamers that come off of his vise. His painted eyes look like mechanized creations, each one exactly as the one before. This is a pattern by one of my favorite streamer architects, Jim Warner. Bob is full of great little tips and tricks for tying streamers, and shares a nice one for tying the tinsel body oval tinsel rib combo. Excellent photographs and precise tying instruction make this step by step tutorial easy to follow. I’ll be added a few to my streamer box tonight. http://globalflyfisher.com/patterns/yellowmarabou/

Yellow Marabou Special - Bob Petti
Yellow Marabou Special - Bob Petti

Via Streamerlist / GFF

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