Tying Instructions for an Alaskabou Fly

Tying Instructions for an Alaskabou Fly
Orange and shades of blue and purple are colors that should be included as part of a steelhead or salmon angler's arsenal. A wide range of dry flies can be purchased from tackle shops, outfitters and other sources for use when fishing rivers for spawning steelhead or salmon. However, it is also possible to tie an impressive-looking dry fly variant, the Alaskabou, with only a few basic materials. These flies will catch fish and impress your fellow anglers.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly-tying vise
  • Size 6 to 1/0 salmon or steelhead hook
  • Fly-tying thread (orange)
  • Marabou feathers (blue and purple)
  • Hackle feather (blue)
  • Rainbow crystal flash
  • Scissors
Step 1
Place a size 6 through 2/0 salmon or steelhead hook in the jaws of a fly-tying vise. Position the hook so that the bend is held in the jaws with the point facing downward.
Step 2
Wrap orange fly-tying thread around the shank of the hook. Begin at the eye and wrap one-third of the way down the shank. Wrap the thread back up toward the eye.
Step 3
Select a color for your marabou feathers, such as blue, and place a clump onto the shank of the hook. Position the feathers about halfway down the thread wrapping. This will leave room for the next application and color of marabou. Secure the feathers in place with several turns of fly-tying thread.
Step 4
Choose your next color of marabou feathers, such as purple, and this time position just below the eye of the hook. Secure the marabou feathers in place with turns of fly-tying thread. Trim excess feathers forward of the wraps with scissors.
Step 5
Select a few strands of rainbow crystal flash (see Resources) and position it so that it extends down both sides of the fly. Secure the flash in place with a few turns of thread. Choose a blue hackle feather and tie it in place below the eye of the hook. Arrange the hackle feather so that it extends somewhat forward; however, it should not completely cover the thread as this is an attracting component of in the Alaskabou fly lure. Secure the hackle in place with thread, tie off and cut from the bobbin with scissors.

Tips & Warnings

Experiment with other attractor color combinations by changing the colors of the two layers of marabou feathers, thread and hackle feathers.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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