Thin Mint Wolly Bugger


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I have been tying some of these tonight but curious as to what colors to use for the tail. I cant find a recipe on line.

Also.... this fly calls to use multi color marabou but I am having a ahrd time combining all the colors. Should I use a hair stacker?

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
Remember that Petijean Magic Tool? I can stack two or three types of maribou in there, clip it off leaving just a tiny bit exposed and slip it into a dubbing loop. I would hate to think of the torment of putting removed barbs of maribou into a hair stacker. It might work, but I'm not trying it!

Ed Call

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Pinch off a bit of whatever color or colors suit you and just use the fingers to line them up. make sure the tip ends are all equal, if the clipped ends are not you can trim them or tie them in as is.

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
If you use the tip of the Marabou feather for the tail, the ends should all align. I suggest tying in the various colors separatly, using the tip of strung marabou feather for each color.
Ed's advise is correct. One of the leeches I tie has a dual colored tail of black and olive marabou. I take a pinch of olive and lay it down on my pants leg then take a pinch of black, lay it on top of the olive, then another layer of olive. Tie it onto the hook for a tail, I end up with an olive tail with a black center. The fish really seem to like it and the fly looks pretty cool. Brown and olive works well too.

Ed Call

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Brown and burnt orange, black and burnt orange, brown and tan, brown and golden/dark yellow. All nice blends besides the black and olive.

Bob Jones

Still truckless now farther away
If I tried to do any of that I 'd be covered in marabou strands and wouldn't know where to start trying to clean up. Wouldn't get any of it on the hook and would probably lose the hook at least until it stuck me.


-Marc Chapman, icthyoantagonist
The Thin Mints I've always tied up have a tri-colored tail of Olive, Black, and Brown. The body is peacock herl (or substitute), palmered with brown hackle and counter-wrapped with gold wire. Gold bead head.


Skunk Happens
Forgive me, I can't stop myself... Chef, it's "woolly" not "wolly". Sorry, not trying to be Mr Spellcheck, but I am wound a bit too tight when it comes to spelling.
"wound a bit too tight"...if that's true I'll have to apologize for all my mis-spellings. Between my spelling and my typing, there's no telling what might hit the page!
I remember my very first post. Dick Olmstead corrected me on the way I tried to communicate a point. I got a good laugh out of it but also watched closer from then on.
I used to consider myself edumacated, don't know what happened there!