Bou (White Marabou Fluffs)

Item #EW152

In the late Buz Busek's 1959 catalog, Buz wrote that on the Firehole river(Yellowstone Park) he released over 35 large trout one afternoon. Buz and I were friends for many years. In the 60's, Buz made saltwater leader butt-sections for us. Anyway, he goes on to say he took those trout on a simple little WHITE MARABOU-STREAMER. LOOK: Tye in the red 6/0 thread at > the end of the hook shank. Tye in a length of gold or silver tinsel, leaving the tag-end almost as long at the hook shank, and the standing-end 3-inches long. Wrap over the tinsel tag-end with the thread-wraps, building a body up to just short of the hook-eye, leaving room for a fly head. Now wrap the standing-end of the tinsel that's still at the end of the hook-shank, up to the waiting thread, forming a tinsel body as you go. Take a white marabou-fluff and bend the marabou-stem, so that you can grab and smooth a wing of marabou fibers that will extend past the hook-bend, when we tye it in at the waiting thread behind the hook eye. Finish the fly head with thread wraps and whip-finish. And note that one marabou-fluff, when using the end plus a wing off each side of the stem will tye 3-flys. Buz fished these in sizes-6, 8 and 10. And fished like a streamer, YOU CAN TAKE TROUT ANYWHERE ON THIS PATTERN. I have since I was a kid. Today, I tye them on the DAIICHI #1530 hook in size-10. Or the size-12 when a little more sparse is needed(clear shallow water, small streams). This is a 2X strong, 1x short heavy-wire wet fly hook. I also like it for Soft-Hackle patterns). A Dai-Riki 070 or 075 hook would also be nice, plus a 100 or 180th ounce jig head. TO FISH: For shallow water, no additional weight. To get a bit deeper, add a split-shot 15-inches above the fly. For really deeep, a sinking line with a 4-foot tippet and skip the fly just off the bottom. All deadly methods with this so easy to tye little streamer. Hard to find WHITE MARABOU FLUFFS > bulk pak $2 NOTICE: This same pattern tyed with black & yellow marabou fluffs has fished successfully for me since I was a kid also, fishing our state trout park Bennett Spring State Park where someone developed the pattern long before I started tying and fishing it. I still fish the pattern at that park. And I'm dying up fluffs in both black and yellow now. Tyed on the same hooks as above, with a yellow fluff tail and a black fluff over-wing. Fish it as this a streamer. The hook shank should be wrapped with gold or silver tinsel. Easy to tye, patterns that work. At this hour, I do-not have black & yellow fluffs(later). For now, use our strung black & Yellow marabou. NOTE that I often elaborate more than is necessary on easy to tye and fish patterns like these Marabou Streamers. 'OL sage fly tyers, please remember that so many reading this are beginning fly tyers and fly fishers. I try to offer entry level fly tyers and fishers patterns that are easy to tye, and easy to fish for success. PLUS I have a half dozen or more Marabou Streamers in a box in my shirt pocket right now, along with Cracklebacks in size-10 & 12, Bobs Flys in 16 & 18, Caddis in 14 & 16 and gray Whispys to size-24. I'm ready for that afternoon call from a fishing pal to hit the 9-miles of trophy trout water an hour and a half from where I'm sitting. ANOTHER THING: For many of these patterns mentioned, I have a TYING-KIT in a poly-bag stuck on the dry-wall of my office here in the warehouse. When I need more flys, I pull the bag down and have the exact hooks, materials and even a pattern-sheet for tying that pattern.


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