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foam maribou gerbubble

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Dang, that thing is so ugly, it just has to catch fish. :lol: I like the fullness with out real bulk with this type of fly, especially with marabou. I'd worry about durablity with the marabou a bit though. Should hold up for a few fish, but you'll probably have to re-tie the fly every now and then. Though I guess that's not really a bad thing. It will just depend on how tough the marabou stem is.

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Jerry,

THe maribou stem is glued into the foam, or tied down on the tail. It's the actual maribou fibers that would break. I fish a lot for bass, but really don't fish topwater "bass bugs" that much. I fish more divers and big streamers. I'd rather fish a big streamer just under the water surface than a bug, but sometimes it's the right place for a bug. I haven't had much durability issues. THe flies I have fish have caught fish and held up fine. They will lose a little maribou, but there'd still enough to look like a small bird stuck in the water.

 

The pic is one of my big ones and is maybe 4-5 inches in diameter. I also tie some smaller ones that end up about 2 inches in diameter, but can be cast on a 4 wt. I fish those more with a 6 on smaller ponds where I don't expect a huge fish.

 

I haven't gotten around to it yet, but hope to try making these with some of those newer synthetic hackles. THey are on a rope with lots of fibers coming out the side. Some seem stiff, while others are more maribou like. I would like to see how they look for the "wings" on a gerbubble bug. They would be more durable.

 

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