The White Marabou Streamer
The White Marabou Streamer
'Whenever I crammed for time to replenish my streamer box... '
- By: A. K. Best
Whenever I'm crammed for time to replenish my streamer box with a few additional flies (Muddlers excepted), I turn to my supply of dyed and white blood marabou. A few packages of the basic colors (red, yellow, green, black, and white) and a peacock quill or two will give you most of the winging material you need to tie a variety of streamer patterns. Body material is basically up to the tier. I like to use wide gold or silver Mylar tinsel on unweighted streamers because the completed body presents a slim profile with just enough sparkle to be eye catching, but probably not enough to scare the fish.A good blood marabou feather is only 3 to 4 inches in length. Try to get it strung because that way it's much easier to select just the right feather for your needs. White Marabou Streamer Tying Instructions 1) Attach black monocord tying thread to your favorite streamer hook about two hook- eye spaces behind the eye and completely cover the hook shank to the hook bend. Clip off the tag and bring the thread forward in open spirals to the starting point. 2) Tie in a single strand of red yarn three hook-eye spaces behind the eye and lash it to the beginning of the bend. Bring the thread forward in open spiral wraps to the beginning. Clip this yarn tail to equal the hook-point length. 3) With only 5 or six turns of thread, tie in wide Mylar tinsel immediately in front of the yarn tailing. 4) Carefully and very firmly wrap the tinsel to the rear in tightly nesting wraps, making sure not to allow any overlaps or gaps. 5) Cover the last turn of thread before the tail and carefully and firmly wrap the tinsel forward again to the starting point with no overlaps or gaps. 6) Unwrap the tinsel tie-in, wrap tinsel over the beginning tag and tie down with 5 or 6 turns of thread, (this is to prevent building up a bump of thread at this point). 7) Select one white blood marabou feather with little or no center quill and strip away the shorter side fibers as shown in the accompanying photo. 8) Moisten your materials-handling thumb and forefinger and stroke the remaining fibers to compact the Marabou a bit, then tie in onto the hook immediately over the last front wrap of body tinsel. 9) Lift the butt, clip it off at a 45 degree angle, and completely cover the clipped butts with thread. 10) Tie in 3 or 4 peacock herls at the rear of the head, take 3 or 4 turns of thread to firmly anchor them, lift the butts at a 45 degree angle, clip them off, and completely and smoothly cover anything sticking out of the head area. Whip finish. Apply 2 or 3 coats of glossy lacquer and fish!