Tying Video – The Popsicle

This weeks fly is the Popsicle, sometimes called the Alaskabou Popsicle.  I was introduced to this fly years ago when I started chasing steelhead and salmon in the great lakes.  It is basically a bright “flesh” fly which are very popular in Alaska.  I have not managed to catch any Midwest steelhead or salmon on it yet but did have some luck in Alaska a few years ago on big Rainbow Trout.  The fly is very simple in tying but so effective in the water.  Because the marabou is palmered along the hook shank the entire body come alive in the water.

As mentioned, the fly is sometime referred to as the Alaskabou Popsicle (might be the actual name given it by the creator, I don’t know).  In doing a little research on the fly before doing the video I ran across a few sites that had some for sale in multiple different color combination.  I found a few to be interesting and actually thought they might do well for some of the Small & Largemouth bass in my waters.  The fly is fun to tie but the only real drawback is the dye in the marabou tends to run on your fingers as you wet the hackles for palmering.  If your not careful you get a whole rainbow on your fingers.  Who knew fly tying would have such interesting stories to tell! Enough said, I hope you enjoy the video.


HookMustad SL73UBLN-36890, #4 – 2/0
ThreadUTC 210 Denier Fl. Fire Orange & Danville 6/0, Fl. Fire Orange
TagDanville Mylar Tinsel #14, Silver
BodyUTC 210 Denier Fl. Fire Orange
Wing4 to 5 stacks of Marabou, Purple
1st CollarPurple Hackle
EyesJungle Cock
2nd CollarGuinea Fowl dyed Orange
HeadDanville 6/0, Fl. Fire Orange

I have one more Salmon and Steelhead patterns.  I will then be tying a few Redfish patterns as I have a Redfish trip to Louisiana coming up.  If you haven’t read it yet I posted dates for the fly tying classes I have scheduled for the Winter and Spring of 2020.  You can check that out here.  Check back soon.

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If you would rather purchase some Popsicle streamers there are a few here at Dressed Irons for sale (while supplies last).

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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