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Pink Popsicle Alaskabou tied by Darren MacEachern

The pink popsicle is one of a series of Alaskabou flies developed by angler George Cook. I’ve been tying and catching loads of great lakes salmon and steelhead on a series of Alaskabou flies for the better part of a decade now. Simple flies are always on my list, and the Alaskabou is one that fits that description. Just a little bit of flash, mylar and marabou, but it’s an effective combination. The feathers are tied in so the wet fly still has a nice teardrop shape when it gets pulled through the water. The marabou has a ton of movement in the water, and just a hint of the pearl flash helps to attract the right kind of attention.

The Popsicle version of the Alaskabou is likely the best known of the series with the pink and red version competing for the top spot. A couple of the other popular named colours are Pixie’s Revenge, Showgirl, Chum Candy, Volcano and the Candy Cane. The combinations are endless, just swap out the marabou colour of your choice and viola, you have a new custom fly to try out.

In this version, marabou is used at each stage, but some patterns will call for the first two wings being tied with marabou and the front being a schlappen feather.Have some fun with it, and try out some unusual combinations.

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Alaskabou – Popsicle (George Cook)

Hook: Salmon / Steelhead iron Tiemco 7999, Mustad SL73UBLN
Thread: 6/0 Fire orange
Body: #10 UNI-Mylar silver
First Wing: Orange marabou wrapped
2nd Wing: Pink marabou wrapped
Flash: Pearl crystal flash 3-4 strands
Top Wing: Purple marabou wrapped
Head: Thread with head cement

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GFF – Squid Vicious

A client recently requested a batch of squid flies for hunting Coho off the west coast. I didn’t have a ton of experience with calamari flies, so I hit the internets to find a few patterns that might work well for him. I found this beefy treat on Global Fly Fisher and tied up a couple dozen for the client. A couple weeks later I got a pile of silver slab photos and an angler with a huge grin. They worked like a charm. If you plan to head west to fish for anadromous species, bring a few squid to chuck. I wonder how pike or bull trout would react to something like that?

Squid Vicious
Squid Vicious

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