Alaska Mary Ann

I did a search and found not much, but forgive me if this is old ground. Can someone post a recipe for an Alaska Mary Ann? A picture wouldn't hurt either. I've seen one, and it's been awhile, but I think I could get it from a recipe. I know she should have jungle-cock cheeks. My big questions are does she have a collar, a throat, or neither?


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The most commonly tied version of the Alaska Maryann around here is basically a typical Northwest steelhead style pattern:
Tail: red hackle fibers
Tag and Rib: silver tinsel
Body: white (or cream) chenille
Hackle: white
Wing: polar bear hair
Shoulders: eyed jungle cock feathers

Frank Dufresne's original was an interpretation of a carved ivory lure with inlaid black eyes used in Alaska's Kobuk region and known as the Kobuk Hook.
His interpretation was tied more like an eastern streamer pattern. A.J. McClane's version was tied on a 4 or 6X long hook as follows:
Tail: red hackle fibers
Rib: silver tinsel
Body: Cream-colored floss
Head: black with a painted white eye with a black pupil
I tie mine with cream-colored wool which is much more durable than floss and a stick-on eye which is then coated with a couple of layers of Softex. It's a very effective bull trout pattern.

mike doughty

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The only pattern i have seen for it is
tail - red hackle barbs
body- white chenille ribbed with flat silver tinsel
wing - white calf hair or equivalent
cheeks - optional, jungle cock