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MARABOU FLY TYING FEATHERS
feathers are desired for their
breathing action in the water. While being pulled or jerked through the
water they compress and when stopped they will fluff back out. Marabou
feathers absorb water and are ideal for wet flies when quick descent rates are desired.
Marabou is available at any fly tying shop for reasonable prices. They are fluffy down feathers and can be dyed in a wide variety of colors. woolly buggers, nymphs and large streamers commonly use marabou feathers. Marabou can be used for tails, body, wings, legs, ect...
The length of marabou feathers can range
between 1- 8 inches. The size of marabou depends on
where it is located on the bird. Turkey marabou feathers are larger than chicken marabou feathers.
of common marabou names and terms
include blood quills, woolly bugger marabou, extra-select marabou and
chickabou. The names and terms are not strict definitions, but will
help in the selection process of most commercially available marabou.
WOOLLY BUGGER MARABOU
Marabou is dyed a wide range of colors from
earth tones to the most bright and vivid. Most fly tying shops keep a good selection of colors in stock.
Commercial turkeys and chickens have been bred for fast growth cycles and the feathers don't mature to their full potential. Most commercial marabou feathers are average quality, but you can find what are termed as extra-select grades of feathers. Select marabou will have longer length and better appearance, not that the fish are concerned. Premium quality marabou will carry a higher price tag.
tip when tying marabou on a fly is wet your
fingers and stroke the marabou feather to compress the fibers. Another
tip is don't use too much marabou the fly or it will be clunky in the
water and can't breathe properly. On the other hand, if not enough
marabou is used, the fly won't have the intended profile when in the
water. It is not rocket science and beginners should develop a feel
quickly for the right amounts to use when tying marabou on a fly.
When buying complete bird skins, the skin should be stretched flat and scrapped clean of any residue.
When buying complete bird skins, the skin should be stretched flat and scrapped clean of any residue.Commercially available bird skins and feathers bought in a fly tying shop will be clean and have uniform color when dyed. If acquiring bird skins and feathers from other sources then precautions should to be taken to avoid insects or other pests that could infest your fly tying supplies.
FEATHER CARE AND STORAGE ANATOMY OF A
FEATHER BUYING AND SELECTING
FEATHERS MATCHING FEATHERS FLY TYING FEATHERS: HACKLE FEATHERS
Some general advice about cleaning and storage of feathers.
Description and parts of a feather.
What to look for when buying feathers. As a beginner we bought a lot of worthless and damaged feathers. This page will help in the selection of good quality feathers.
How to match and pair feathers when tying feather wings on a fly.
ARGUS BODY FEATHERS
ARGUS HEN QUILL FEATHERS
ARGUS PRIMARY TAIL FEATHERS
ARGUS SECONDARY WING
BARRED WOOD DUCK FEATHERS
BIOTS (GOOSE / TURKEY)
BLUE EARED PHEASANT
BLUE EDGED MANTLE BODY
BRONZE MALLARD FEATHERS
BUSTARD FLORICAN FEATHERS
BUSTARD KORI FEATHERS
COQ DE LEON
GADWALL DUCK FLANK
GOLDEN PHEASANT SKINS
GOLDEN PHEASANT CREST
GOLDEN PHEASANT TAIL
GOLDEN PHEASANT TIPPETS
GOOSE SHOULDER FEATHERS
GRAY PEACOCK SINGLE EYES
GUINEA FOWL FEATHERS
LADY AMHERST CENTER TAIL
LADY AMHERST TIPPETS
LEMON DUCK FEATHERS
MACAW TAIL FEATHERS
MALAY PEACOCK SINGLE EYE
MALLARD SIDE FEATHERS
PEACOCK NECK FEATHERS
PEACOCK QUILL FEATHERS
PEACOCK SWORD FEATHERS
WOOD DUCK FEATHERS
Hackle feathers are a complete subject in themselves and these pages will sort through some of the confusion.
FEATHER CARE AND STORAGE
ANATOMY OF A
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.
FLY TYING FEATHERS