Marabou P.T. Nymph
By Jim Schollmeyer
Excerpt from Nymph Fly-Tying Techniques
by Jim Shollmeyer, Published by
Frank Amato Publications.
The fluffy characteristic of marabou feathers gives flies a lifelike movement when
retrieved through stillwaters or drifted in streams. Select marabou feathers that
have long, dense barbules that extend to the ends of the barbs.
Materials: Marabou P.T. Nymph
Hook: Nymph, 2X heavy, 2X long, sizes 10 - 16, weighted.
Tail: Three pheasant tail fibers, natural or dyed to match body.
Optional shellback: Thin Skin strip, olive, brown or black.
Rib: Copper wire.
Abdomen: Marabou fibers, olive, brown, or color to match natural.
Wing case: Pheasant tail fibers, same color as tail.
Thorax: Peacock herl.
Legs: Pheasant tail fiber tips from wing case.
1. Mount a hook in the vise. Use the underbody lead direct wrap method (p. 20)
to add weight to the hook shank. Advance the thread to the rear. Mount 3 pheasant
tail fibers at the rear tie-in position and trim the excess.
2. Strip 4-10 barbs from a marabou feather. Mount the bundle of barbs a short
distance back from their tips. Mount a length of copper wire at the tie-in
position. Trim the excess barbs and wire.
3. Advance the thread to the middle of the hook shank. Gather the barbs and
grip them with hackle pliers. Gently twist the bundle of barbs clockwise to
consolidate them..Wrap the barbs to the forward tie-off position.
4. Secure the barbs with 3-4 thread wraps and trim the excess. Counter-wrap
the copper wire forward, in evenly spaced wraps, to the forward tie-off position.
Rock the wire back and forth while wrapping it to help release any trapped