Where does marabou come from?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Paul Huffman, Feb 5, 2003.

  1. Paul Huffman Lagging economic indicator

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    It can't all be from the African stork. And none of those snappy comebacks, like "Those little plastic bags
    on the rack" You especially, Jim.
  2. baseballandfishing New Member

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    dont they come froma trukey?
  3. dlw New Member

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    I think they're base (under) feathers, but I have no idea what type of bird it's on. This is something I've always wondered too.
  4. Matt Burke Active Member

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    I thought it was chicken.

    "Everyday that you wake up and decide not to go fishing...is one less day you'll go fishing." Forrest Maxwell
  5. fly15 New Member

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    I thought everyone knew where marabou comes from, the marabou fairy of course.:rofl

    Just kidding marabou comes from turkeys and some of the smaller marabou feathers come from chickens. Most of the marabou feathers are from turkeys though.:)

  6. Roper Idiot Savant

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    MARABOU FAIRY!!!! Thanks, that's just what I needed this morning, got a bad case of Boeing-itis.


    Truth above all
  7. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I used to know it all---but now that I'm older I seem to forget it all.

    I had that for 38+ years. Get used to it,it gets worse as you get closer to retirement age. And in your case it's going to be long in coming. I had a stupid answer all worked out but I see that you don't want it. But your going to get it. I thought it came from the Marabou Stork. So see how smart I ain't.

  8. Preston Active Member

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    The Marabou or Adjutant stork is a carrion-eating tropical stork of somewhat hideous aspect. An early ornithologist wrote that it "lacks any charm of appearance, reminding one rather of a repulsive old man with a skin disease on the head". It is currently protected, being an important part of nature's clean-up crew. The product sold as marabou today is a turkey rump feather. The smaller feathers that look like miniature marabou plumes and are sold as "chickabou" come, of course, from a chicken.
  9. jbrodie New Member

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    I think I fished Lake Martha with him yesterday.jbrodie:)
  10. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I used to know it all---but now that I'm older I seem to forget it all.

    Don't believe any lies that jbrodie tells you about me.:p

  11. wantwetwitch New Member

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    Try also pheasantabou This is available in lots of colours from the various breeds kept in aviaries and from roadkills, shooters etc.

    Fox fur is a great substitute, lots of action & really durable

    Keep tying & trying,