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Old 04-17-2011, 01:09 PM
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Marabou Herring

2/0 600 sp
some feathers
some PB
some marabou
CCG non tack head w/ jurrassic eyes
8" long
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Old 04-17-2011, 03:51 PM
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Nice ...how does it look wet?
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:01 PM
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Pretty much as it doeswhen dry.

When in the water a fly will fluff like when dry in the air. (this is why marabou is such a great material...it has lots of volume and life in the water))

It is when you take a wet fly and hold it in the air....then it looks different.
(took me a while to understand that)

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Pretty much as it doeswhen dry.

When in the water a fly will fluff like when dry in the air. (this is why marabou is such a great material...it has lots of volumn and life in the water))

It is when you take a wet fly and hold it in the air....that it looks different.
(took me a while to understand that)
Damn good point..... never thoughht of it quite like that
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Exactly. Flies look much the same in water as in the air - as long as they are not moving. Once you swing them in a current or retrieve them, they slim down (and wiggle).
Another thing a lot of people forget is that food items (insects, small fish) look glossy when you take them out of the water but in the water they are matt. Of course, the flash from a varnished or epoxied artificial may attract a predator's attention so they still work. I just wonder whether those old dubbed fur patterns work because they are matt and look more natural underwater.
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The old dubbed fur patterns in conjunction with hackle and wings have a tendency to trap tiny bubbles of air which sparkle like little globules of silver, which, coincidentally imitates an emerging insect. This is especially true with rough dubbing like hair's ear.
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