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By the early 1980s steelhead fly
fishers were realizing the need for larger flies. Not only for dirty water,
but also for covering large pieces of water. With larger flies, big rivers
like the Skagit could be fished more quickly and efficiently. The least
expensive and most readily available material at the time was Marabou. By
winding plumes around a hook shank a large profile could be created without
too much weight or bulk. Through trial and error I found that 3 plumes were
about all most people could cast with the single handed rods that were in
use during those days. By adding saddle tips to the hook shank before tying
in the marabou I could create a bigger profile without adding much more
bulk. Most fly tiers know that marabou when wet can stream down to almost
nothing, early attempts at solving this problem used a bump of chenille
behind the marabou helped to flare it out. Then by continually trying to
improve my flies I found that a large hackle such as a Schlappen caused
turbulence that not only flared the marabou but also created more action.
The next problem that arose was the long shank hooks gave the fish too much
leverage and also were often too heavy of wire to create good hook sets.
This problem was solved by cutting the the bend of the hook off and
articulating a smaller, finer diameter hook. Dacron was used to connect the
two hooks together, which also gave the rear part of the fly more action.
Later longer finer saddle hackles were added to the tail which gave the
flies a different and better action.
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