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Saturday, March 23, 2019
The Next Best Material, Or Is It Just Fluff
Several years ago while selecting feathers from a partridge skin I noticed the tiny bit of fluff at the base of the feather. The material was like marabou or cdc in that it moved so life like when I blew on it. I started tying many of my soft-hackle flies using a bit of this fluff wound on with the feather.
This is a partridge feather with the soft marabou fibers at the base. While I do use feathers like this, I prefer to take a few more fibers of the marabou off.
Here is the fly with the marabou and partridge tied in. If you look closely you can see the marabou fibers.
These are soft-hackle feathers selected to tie flies with. On the left are grouse feathers, the middle are woodcock and on the right are pheasant. The marabou is clearly visible. The three flies below are tied with these feathers.
While these feathers with the marabou don't make a large difference in the overall effectiveness of the fly they do help to get that undecided trout to take the fly. Any extra movement is a plus.