03-30-2011, 12:35 PM
Re: Wrapping marabou
Beautiful flies Dan.
Here's some more info that might be helpful.
First there are a couple of different types of marabou feathers, and if you buy a bag of "marabou" you may get some of each:
Marabou Plumes 4-6" long with thin flexible stems
Blood marabou- short feathers 1-3" long
"Woolly Bugger" marabou- plumes with a lot of long dense barbs at the tip
If you want to wrap marabou, look for the plumes with a thin flexible stem.
Here's how i do it.
I tie the plume in by the tip of it's stem and work forward.
After you tie in the tip, before wrapping, wet your fingers with (with water unless you want to taste dye) and gently stroke the barbs of the plume towards the rear of the hook--- this is called "folding the hackle" and you can do this with all kinds of soft hackle feathers. The moisture will help keep the barbs in place temporarily while you wrap. (For other soft hackle feathers like hen, woolly bugger saddles, partridge etc you don't have to wet your fingers)
By "folding"all you're really trying to achieve is a >o shape where the stem is "o" on the right and the barbs from each side of the feather are swept back a bit to form the ">" shape.
As you wrap the marabou forward the" >o " shape of the moistened, folded marabou will keep the barbs from getting all tangled up and matted down as you wrap.
Hope this helps.