Marabou Advice

POYNER111

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Hi

Finally got round to getting the vice, and have tied a couple of flies that actually resemble what I'm after :) .

But I do have a bit of trouble with Marabou turning round the hook while tying it on, is there a trick to doing this....?????

Regards

Neil
 

sweeper driver

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Apply the first few turns of thread lightly..when you pull tight, the marabou will spin round the shank, so don't do it....just tie it in with light pressure, and when you have a few light turns on, then you can apply more pressure to secure it firmly.

Hope that helps?

Rich
 

scotfly

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Rich, sorry to contradict you but that is wrong.
When you tie the marabou in, first strip the flue from the base, or if you wish, wet your fingers and roll the marabou butts tightly between them. Then hold the marabou on top of the shank, pinching it between your finger and thumb. Grip it as tight as you can and don't let it move. Then either do a "pinch and loop" as shown here or a soft loop.To do a soft loop, take one loose turn of thread over the butts of the marabou, then pull tight, but remember to keep a very tight grip on the marabou. Then, still gripping the marabou tightly, continue wrapping over the butts to secure tightly.If you are tying a marabou tail you can pull the marabou up slightly as you wrap which will ensure it stays on top of the shank, each turn of thread will pull the marabou onto the shank, but by holding it up you will ensure it doesn't slip round the shank.
 

Midge

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Hi POYNER 111

Firstly when using marabou I find it helps to slightly moisten your finger by having a piece of damp sponge at hand. You can give your fingers a quick lick, but you will eventually get tired of spitting marabou out.:eek:

Position the marabou in the required position on the hook shank; use the “Pinch and Loop” method, making two soft wraps initially. When you are satisfied that the marabou is exactly where you want, use tight wraps to secure it in position.

http://www.sexyloops.com/flytying/whipfinish.shtml

Keep at it, plenty of practice will get you there;)

Midge
 

Mike N

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Having a good tight base of thread underneath also helps keep materials from spinning round. Also, make sure that you aren't putting more/ unequal pressure on the thread when you bring the bobbin over and towards you.

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