Jim Sadoski (AKA: JES), asked about Cinder Worms, in the Fly Tying
Section of the Bulletin Board back in May. And that was the inspiration for this article on
Jim then wrote back that he had found a site that had a pattern for
the Cinder Worm (Peconic Worm) in their Fly Of the
Month section. I went to the site, to see what this Cinder
Worm looked like. Found out that it is what freshwater anglers would call a Woolly
Buggar (Bugger), minus the body ribbing of soft hackle. Unfortunately that
website is now gone. Which brings us to this weeks Tying Tip.
Marabou Feathers are called for in many fly patterns. And they are quite
effective in catching fish. The down side of Marabou, is that once the tip
section is used, I found the rest of the feather was basically useless or
such a pain, I would throw the rest of the feather away.
I tried cutting the remaining marabou off of the feather along the stem.
This got to be like being in a pillow fight, where one of the pillows breaks
open and you have feathers pieces everywhere.
Then I got this tip from an elderly fly tyer, at the Fly Fishing Cabin, on
how to use the whole Marabou Feather. Snip the Marabou into small segments,
along the stem.
Then when you tie them onto the hook, just hold onto the stem segment,
while wrapping. When the Marabou is secured, clip off the stem.
Now, if I could only find a use for those segmented stem pieces!
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the
Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.
If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along.
Someone else thought up most of this material before we did,
they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just
forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us
share with each other, all the things we know!
~ Steven H.
McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)