For those who are up for a challenge.
Instead of applying marabou the customary way, feathers directly to the hook shank.
Try palmer the feathers around the hook shank.
This is most challenging, only because the nature of marabou feathers to be all over the place.
When you palmer the first feather, palmer it slightly ahead of where you want, after it is palmer, wrap back over the feather this will tie down the feather ends.
TIP: slightly moisten the feather with your fingers to keep feathers back.
Then keep repeating this step until you achieve the desired effect that you want.
You can add different colors to achieve exciting patterns. With practice you will be most pleased. The fly will literally fish as if it were alive.
There have been many articles written about, photographed about, video tapes about, and just plain shows produced about fly tying. What is not mentioned is how to you organized all the stuff needed to tie the patterns. Whether beginner or experienced we all collect enough material for several life cycles. We meticulously scan the media about how every new material that will guarantee us hope for the next angling adventure. Each month there is a new style of hook, thread, flash, body material, etc... etc... etc. This is wonderful because it becomes fun to play with and create something new. It helps employment, giving a job to many people. But have you noticed that each time you sit down to tie it takes longer and longer finding all the bits and pieces needed to tie the latest and greatest WHATS IT. So the point of all this is, when you TAKE THE TIME to bundle and organize all the stuff needed to tie your pattern, fun and relaxation comes back to this quiet activity. Jan Sadlo