Marabou Strung Blood Quills

#1
I'm trying to figure out if Marabou Strung Blood Quills are better for palmering or if I should go with extra select marabou for this. I'll be using on hooks as large as 1/0.
Thanks-
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steve s

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#2
I prefer the blood quill marabou. The blood quill and extra select are very similar but you get more bang for your buck with the blood quill. I've also had quite a few of the extra select have thick stems which makes it difficult to palmer.

Steve
 
#3
I actually like the smaller marabou feathers for palmering, because the quill is more flexible. I simply use 2-3 feathers (or as many as you need on a bigger hook).
 

TallFlyGuy

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#4
I just started using a dubbing loop. With the loop it doesn't matter how big the stem/quil is. I use two feathers at once on the loop. They look great, and I am tying them on a string----Moal Leech style.
 

TallFlyGuy

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#6
Can you explain how you use a dubbing loop?
I'd have to take a few pics for you to "see" it.

I take two marabou feathers, prepare them by cutting off the ugly bits toward the base, and then cut off about 1 inch from the top.

Next, I cut all the feathers off of one side keeping the stem feathers and discarding the ones I just cut off--this makes them easier to handle when I put them in the loop.

Next I put them (quils and feathers etc.) in the loop as close to the stem as possible.....do a few twists with the dubbing loop tool. This locks them in a little better and allows me to be able to cut the stems off.

I then cut the stems off.

I then spin the hell out of the dubbing loop tool, then I just wrap.



Does that make sense? Maybe I should get some pics going, so you can see it a little better.


Justin


Edit.... Ok look at this tutorial, but envision Marabou instead of Rabbit....

http://flyfishnw.com/content/view/97/60/
 
#7
I'd have to take a few pics for you to "see" it.

I take two marabou feathers, prepare them by cutting off the ugly bits toward the base, and then cut off about 1 inch from the top.

Next, I cut all the feathers off of one side keeping the stem feathers and discarding the ones I just cut off--this makes them easier to handle when I put them in the loop.

Next I put them (quils and feathers etc.) in the loop as close to the stem as possible.....do a few twists with the dubbing loop tool. This locks them in a little better and allows me to be able to cut the stems off.

I then cut the stems off.

I then spin the hell out of the dubbing loop tool, then I just wrap.



Does that make sense? Maybe I should get some pics going, so you can see it a little better.


Justin


Edit.... Ok look at this tutorial, but envision Marabou instead of Rabbit....

http://flyfishnw.com/content/view/97/60/


Best idea I've heard all year, by all means post some photos if you get the time. Wonder how it would work with spey hackle?

Daryle
 
#9
do a few twists with the dubbing loop tool. This locks them in a little better and allows me to be able to cut the stems off.

I then cut the stems off.

I then spin the hell out of the dubbing loop tool, then I just wrap.



Does that make sense? Maybe I should get some pics going, so you can see it a little better.


Justin


Edit.... Ok look at this tutorial, but envision Marabou instead of Rabbit....

http://flyfishnw.com/content/view/97/60/
How do you cut them with a few twists?
 

TallFlyGuy

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#10
How do you cut them with a few twists?

Daryle,

I put the marabou in the loop with stems still attached and only one side of feathers on the quill. (remember I'm using two feathers at a time)

I twist the "LOOP" and not the marabou a few times. These twists in the loop hold the marabout in a little better while cutting. The twists are not necessar, but I do it.

Does that help?
 

TallFlyGuy

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#11
Justin,
Kinda like this? Its a cross between a skagit minnow and the ultimate moal/roid you linked to




Regards,
John

John,

Looks good.

I put the feathers in so the longer onces are toward the bottom. When I put two feathers in, it creates a little more "body" on the first few wraps, keep wrapping then the longer feathers go over those. This creates a nice little vortex of small and larger fethered ends all undulating all over the place.

Justin
 
#12
Daryle,

I put the marabou in the loop with stems still attached and only one side of feathers on the quill. (remember I'm using two feathers at a time)

I twist the "LOOP" and not the marabou a few times. These twists in the loop hold the marabou in a little better while cutting. The twists are not necessary, but I do it.

Does that help?
If the feather is trapped inside the loop why doesn't it twist? Hey I'm just a dumb Swede, I know what you're saying just can't picture the feather not spinning in the loop.
 

TallFlyGuy

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#13
It might twist. You just twist it a few times before you cut it, so when you cut it, it will stay in your loop.

when you twist your dubbing loop tool a few times, you can do this with your right hand, and use your left hand to keep the feather from twisting.


OK, I gotta get my camera out.
 

TallFlyGuy

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#14
This is a version of a buddy/guide's fly- The Metal Detector. Marty Sheppard is the originator. The hook hangs out at about the end of the bucktail.

step one- see no twist at base


step two-notice twists at base. See how I hold it with my left hand.


Step three--Cut--use your left hand and left finger to guide you along.


step four---Ahhh All spun and ready to wrap


Step five--All wrapped


Step six---OK, So I want the marabou to be smaller so it doesn't drown out the blue...So I put it real deep into the loop.


Step 7-Spun--Notice that thick chenille/bunny stuff in the middle. This is mixed with short and long stiff and soft pieces..Awesome stuff.


Step 8--Done
 

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