Slick ideaEver the tinkerer, I extended the body with an additional shank plus a fastach clip so that I can remove that and exchange with another, shorter body/eyes. I also did more of a bulkhead to hopefully give more of an impression of the fins on the mantle. This one came in at 9 inches.
edit: I'm not thrilled with how the mantle looks. I didn't tie anything onto the clip....that might be the ticket....more to come.
it's a little messy since it's dry, but once wet, it'll smooth out...
Thanks, they seem to be plentiful around here. I'm working on getting to know all the critters. I have a hard time with the real names because my dyslexia makes them look and sound the same in my head. I stick pictures of where and when in the books for a cheat.That looks like a Petrophila larvae on the bottom.
Maribou will have the most movement, but for ties fished in freezing temperatures you should go with the fox. Maribou will break when frozen
Personally I like them both. I've never had an issue with either breaking due to colder temps as others seem to have had. Honestly though, for that type of fiber, depending on how long you're after, I like Finn Raccoon for a little longer, and Arctic Fox for slightly shorter. I still use marabou, but prefer the others in terms of length and having equal to better movement. Then again, (quality) bucktail is highly underrated for its movement & sheds water better. Personally, I've never noticed much of a difference in catch rates between any of those materials. Use what you have confidence in & what casts the best and roll with it. All that said, I'd fish that fly of yours any day of the week!anyone have input on how maribou will differ from Arctic fox in action? The pattern called for the fox but didn’t have any in orange.