For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Monday, October 22, 2018
Marabou, Grouse, And......
The use of marabou in the construction of streamer flies dates back to the early 1920's. It was A.W. Ballou of Litchfield Maine who created the "Ballou Special"...now I know many feel that the "Woolly Bugger" was the first fly to feature marabou and the reason may be that the woolly bugger is so famous because of its effectiveness and ease of tying. I love using marabou in many of my flies from streamers to caddis, and a few soft-hackles. You can see the three marabou streamers in the above picture that feature this "alive" feather. The two on each end are "McKay Specials", and the one in the middle is a Mickey Finn.
The McKay Special was created by Kevin McKay of Maine. The fly is a simple fly to construct and uses inexpensive readily available materials. The body can be tied using Uni stretch or Uni yarn, with a silver tinsel rib. Each fly has a red throat and tail and white marabou wing. The fly is deadly.
The "Famous Grouse"...I think that may be Scotch whiskey, not a soft-hackle. But this Grouse flymph gets the job done.
Common guys...who doesn't like PB&J. How many of these sandwiches are eaten as a fisherman's lunch all over the U.S. and you can choose what peanut butter or jelly-jam-preserves you like but the bread must be good ole sliced, soft white bread....what do you say?