The uses for marabou in fly-tying are seemingly endless. I won't try to cover them all here, just illustrate some places I feel certain methods are relevent to the pattern being tied. One use that I will not cover, but will mention due to its effectiveness, is Rene Harrop's use of marabou (with the fine tips, as shown in the above photo) for parachute posts and dry fly wings. This technique is illustrated in Fly Fisherman magazine, the September 1997 issue.
Long & Fine
2.) Clip the bundle of fibers from the side of feather. Some techniques illustrate bundling up the entire top of the feather where the tips are even. This may be easy, but results in a misshapen fly, especially in the water, due to the natural angles of the fiber/stem connection. A little water will help you gather the fibers together. Stroke them away from the stem at a 90 degree angle, or until the tips are somewhat even. Why somewhat and not exactly? When fished, a streamer with marabou wing fiber tips all the exact same length looks like a "Fry Guy" or cheerleader's pom-pom, especially when fished slow. If the tips are not quite even, the wing tapers, or at least the illusion is there of a tapered body, making it more effective as a baitfish imitation. If more fibers are needed for a fuller wing or larger pattern, simply clip two or three bundles and lay them next to each other, easy to do when the fibers are still wet.
3.) This type of marabou can also be used for the short tail on streamers like the Black-Nosed Dace. Here is where you want to even up the tips as much as possible. The method of using the very top of the feather and gathering the fibers applies nicely here.
Short & Fluffy
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