Do you love big bluegill?
Ok, I finally got a decent back-drop made for my vise. Please note that for photographic purposes, I am using a size 6 3xl streamer hook, and 140 denier black thread for visibility. I normally do these size 8 and smaller, with 70 denier thread. Black thread can be used, as it gives good segmentation for the extended body, but a thread color that is a little darker than the marabou used will also work.
Hook: size 6 3xl streamer (I typically use smaller)
Thread: 140 denier black thread
Tail: marabou feather barbs, tie extended-body style.
Body: remaining marabou, rope-dubbed
Wing case: Pheasant tail barbs
Legs: remaining Pheasant tail barbs
Eyes: black bead chain
Spiral-wrap the thread 3/4's of the way to the end of the marabou barbs. At this point, you really want to secure this end. You might want to try a few half-hitches, but that's a really big loop to create and feed the other end of the feather through. You might have better luck just brushing some head cement (Sally Hansen's) onto the thread and giving it a couple wraps.
Tie the tail to the bend. I like to do this just forward of the wraps I created when I finished the tail on the needle. Note the curly-q bit of thread in the marabou. This is the thread that was started on the needle. I try to keep this hidden inside the marabou when I tie it in.
When you reach the PT barbs, flip them to the back, and continue wrapping the rope-dubbed marabou forward. Note that it's getting rather shaggy. This is due to the sheer size of the feather I'm using (not a blood quill). If you have "stragglers", you can trim them off, or just shorten them. They do add movement, so it's your call.
Super tie Allen love it. You make it look so easy can't wait to try it and again thanks.
Allen.Allen---- your so talented and what a great tie and super step by step show how. Thanks for shareing.