Monday, July 25, 2011

Marabou



Marabou. This wonderful soft, furry feather from the turkey is one very effective material for streamers. It's almost lifelike look when in the water will trigger strikes from predator game fish.
We are all familiar with the effectiveness of the Wooly Bugger, and the use of marabou in the construction of streamers works the same.
One can take a few materials and produce a fly that will take its share of fish.






These are a few "mini streamers" I like to fish in the small streams. They will also work very well in larger streams, and lakes and ponds. By changing the body color, and the marabou colors you can duplicate many of the common forage fish available to the larger predators.


This streamer is the "McKay Special". It was created by a Maine Guide, and is a staple in my streamer box. It has taken trout, bass, and is my best producer of "Salter" brook trout in Cape Cod streams.


I fish streamers all year long, but the spring and autumn are best. Strip a streamer along a small stream run like this on a cool crisp autumn day and the possibility is very good your streamer will be greeted with a violent strike.




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24 comments:

  1. Once again you goad me to the bench. Beautiful flys!

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  2. Nice streamers. With all the heat we have been having here in the North east, the thought of a "crisp autumn morning" is intoxicating.

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  3. John,
    Thanks.
    I'll be checking your blog for those marabou flies.


    George,
    Thanks.
    I thought we in the northeast would enjoy something cool.

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  4. I like how clean your flies are. No stray strands of thread anywhere. Very sharp. Make mine look like ghetto flies. My report from the Shenandoah is up on my blog.

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  5. Your streamers look amazing. Marabou is definitely one of nature's great gifts. I think the Marabou Muddler has caught more fish for me than any other single fly... except maybe a Woolly Bugger. Marabou flies simply catch fish.

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  6. Lovely streamers, went and tied one straight away. Before I could come up with an excuse not to.

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  7. I love marabou on anything! Buggers, sculpins, muddlers, and especially on jigs with spinning gear for pig brookies. Brookie magnets, they are.

    Good looking flies.

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  9. Kev2380,
    Thanks.
    Mine were so bad at first, a conservation issued me a citation for littering a stream.
    Keep at it they will get better.


    Jay,
    Thanks.
    Marabou muddlers are great flies. A yellow one works well on brookies.

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  10. Phillip,
    Thanks.
    I can't wait to here about the fish that slammed it.


    LOAH,
    Thanks.
    I can't argue that.

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  11. Hey Alan....I like the new picture in the header.

    As for the streamers, they look great and I am going to get a McKay Special for my trip to Falmouth next month. A little side trip to Wareham MA is in the works.

    When are you going to be opening your eBay store front and sell your stuff?

    Thanks. Great post as usual.

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  13. Ed,
    Thanks.
    Wareham, I wonder what....

    Soon on the items for sale.

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  14. I use Marabou all the time. It has so many uses. I use it for dubbing for my shrimp fly bodies.

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  15. Great post and streamers. I use Marabou in my Castle Rock Killer fly and it has taken just about every fish I have gone after. Those mini streamers are great. What size hook should I use for those little beauties? Thanks for sharing some great advice. Tight Lines.

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  16. Savage,
    Thanks.
    The beauty part of it is that it's not an expensive material.
    Perhaps I should be quiet, they may start putting it in there hair.


    Trout Magee,
    Thanks.
    Those pictured are tied on a Mustad 38941, size 10.

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  17. Nice looking streamers. I don't usually fish with streamers here in the UK. Would you say little brookies are more prone to taking them?

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  18. Justin,
    Thanks.
    Actually I believe that browns prefer streamers. Many large browns are taken on big meaty looking streamers.
    Brookies both small and large will take a streamer.

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  19. I've heard of big browns growing more partial to streamers the larger they get, but I have never targeted them with a streamer. Perhaps to find out if the little brown tiddlers like streamers too I should try fishing one sometime...

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  20. I really like those simple marabou streamers ,I havn't ever tied or fished hairwing (or marabou) streamers like I see on your blog often but that's about to change. Those just look to good to not tie some up and throw them in my box. Excellent post as always....Jeff

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  21. I wonder how a marabou stuffed pillow , rather than down, would sleep? No doubt too rich for my blood!

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  22. Justin,
    I have on two separate ventures where a small brown of about 4inches took a streamer. And while bringing him in, another larger brown grabbed the smaller one in an attempt to have him for dinner. I have photos of this happening, and will post it at a later date.


    HighPlainsFlyFisher,
    Thanks.
    Both bucktail, and marabou in smaller sizes can be very effective. Tie them sparse for better results.


    penbayman,
    Thanks.
    I'm guessing they would sleep rather comfortable.

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  23. Other than Buggers, I haven't had much success with streamers (not that I've tried them a lot though). How are they generally fished? Weighted to get them down deeper? Stripping action? Need some tips, Brk Trt.

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  24. Gary,
    Thanks.
    I fish them like a wet fly generally quartering downstream. Allow them to stay stationary and strip them back. You can vary your stripping speed. I have also cast them upstream, and strip them very fast downstream with the current.
    I don't tie them with weight, but in high water, and where legal, I'll pinch on a split shot.
    I am not a hatch match kind of fly fisher. I pick out a fly that looks close and let it go. Sometimes this works sometimes it does not. But more times than I will count, I'll tie on a gray ghost in the middle of a prolific sulphur hatch, and take my share of trout.

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