Orange Popsicle Salmon and Steelhead Fly

The Orange Popsicle is a BC salmon and steelhead fly pattern from tyer Bill Luscombe. The original pattern calls for the use of mallard in the tail and throat, but I think this fly would be well served with a stronger barred feather like teal or gadwall flank. The body is dubbed using tri-lobal STS dubbing which gives the fly a ton of reflective surfaces in the water. If you have seal dubbing at your disposal, it would also work quite well for this fly, but is not legal or easy to obtain in every country. Canadians have access to polar bear hair and seal fur for the time being, but more other countries prohibit these natural materials.

The Orange Popsicle is a nice imitation of the young fry and even egg clusters. In the water, the white of the collar and the wing mask the inner orange and give the streamer the appearance of a food item.

Orange Popsicle Fly Recipe

Hook: Tiemco 7999 #2-8 (salmon/steelhead hooks)
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Tail: Mallard flank
Rib: UNI-Mylar silver #12
Body: STS Dubbing hot orange
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Mallard flank

This pattern comes from A Compendium of Canadian Fly Patterns by Robert H. Jones (Author),‎ Paul C. Marriner (Author) page 82 http://galesendpress.com
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