The Bou Body (a "softest" hackle fly)
Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:13 am
The Bou Body
Hook - Daiichi Model 2220/Size 6
Thread - 8/0 UNI Thread (Camel)
Body/Hackle - Single Marabou Hackle (Brown)
Tag/Rib/Under body weight - Medium Copper Wire
(*) Color choice is purely optional. This just seemed fishy to me.
PHOTOS OF TYING SEQUENCE
Prepare a long marabou feather by stripping off some of the fibers along one side. Stroke the tip fibers together to even the tips. The top portion forms the rear body, and the lower section forms the marabou hackle collar at the front of the fly.
Mount the hook in the vice. Lay down a base of thread along the full length of the shank, then tye in the wire rib.
Next make two loose wraps of thread over the middle of the marabou hackle tip fibers. Gently pull the marabou feather, drawing the feather to the tip fibers. Once you get the the tip, make a couple firm wraps of thread to lock the marabou feather in place.
Twist the marabou feather to form a slender chennille of the feather. Wrap the marabou feather forward, adding additional twists as necessary. The fibers of the marabou naturally form a conical tapered body.
Take a close look at the body of the fly. It is worth noting that this section could easily form the body and thorax of smaller flies. Twisted marabou fibers forms beautiful tapered fuzzy bodies. Definitely worth playing around with this technique in the future.
Make a couple firm thread wraps to lock in the marabou feather. The wrap the copper wire backwards in three closely touching turns (forming the rear tag), then forward in spiral open wraps (forming the ribs).
Make additional wire wraps in the front third of the hook shank. This will add some weight to the fly, helping with the fishing action of the fly.
Wrap the remaining marabou feather forward, forming the collar hackle over the throrax region of the fly.
You end up with a bushy looking mess like this. (that is a good thing...just what you want...an ugly fishing fly...)