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'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.
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.
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.
"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!