Who said that storks and turkeys have a monopoly marabou. Marabou is actually bird insulation, and these small fluffy feathers are barred rock chicken underwear. This small marabou's appearance and texture is ideal for matching the mottling on many aquatic trout foods. These feathers come from the extreme rear end of the chicken. The natural barring looks great on smaller woolly buggers, leeches, damsel nymphs, and mayfly nymphs. These feathers also are perfect for bonefish and steelhead flies. They are durable and easy to tie with.
In each package are two types of feathers that are naturally attached to each other, the down feather (marabou), and the smaller filoplume feather. Both types of feathers are useful for tying wet flies. Place fragile filoplume feathers in a dubbing loop to create mobile thoraxes on mayfly as well as damselfly and dragonfly nymphs. there is approximately 1/4 ounce of feathers in each package.
Mark's Tan Damsel as tied by Frank Day. This is an especially good fly for fishing in mud bottom reservoirs. Most of the nymphs that survive in these kinds of habitats match the color of the lake beds.
Hook: TMC 5262 #14
Thread: Uni 6/0 Tan
Rib: Copper Wire
Tail, body and legs: one dyed tan grizzly marabou feather(or brown or olive tones to match different lake bottom colors).
Eyes: Mono Nymph Eyes, black, extra small
Cement: Pro Sportfisher UV Thin Flex
Wrap a foundation of thread on the hook shank. I like to run the wire down the under side of the hook. Leave about 1/8" between the forward end of the wire and the eye of the hook. As soon as the tread is wrapped in place attach the Mono nymph eyes with figure eight wraps of thread. Return the thread to the rear of the hook. Coat the base of the eyes and thread wraps with UV resin and hit it with your UV light. This will secure the wire, eyes and thread foundation to the hook and keep everything from moving as you add the rest of the materials. Take a Chicken Marabou plume and stroke the feather tips into a tight bundle. It helps if you select a feather that is thin and wispy. Secure the feather to the hook so that there is a tail about the length of the hook shank. Three of four wraps will secure the feather. Advance your thread to where the eyes are ties on. Then start wrapping the feather forward to form the body of the fly. Give the feather a clock-wise twist with every wrap. Secure the body behind the eyes. Clip the stem of the feather, but not the barbules. Trim the barbules from the stem leaving them as long as possible. Fold the barbules back along each side of the fly to form legs. Wrap them back with several turns of thread. Then trim the legs to length and adjust their volume. Finish the head of the fly and coat it with UV resin and hit it with your UV light. This fly is very quick to tie and it doesn't matter if it looks a little rough. The fish will like it.