This is the best way, in my opinion, to make a Really Good marabou bugger tail or streamer wing.
1. Select a marabou plume. The one pictured is pretty good quality.
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2. Break off the tip section of the stem. On not-so-good plumes, this will be very obvious.
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3. Gather the remaining "tip" fibers of the plume and stroke them together into a bunch. Separate out the fibers from further down the stem which end up being too short and just create unnecessary bulk.
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4. Switch hands and measure the length of the marabou fibers against your hook and adjust your grip as needed. Keeping the bunch firmly pinched, switch back if needed and tie in.
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Done. You can use the leftover marabou material for other flies if you want. This method gives you the nicest, most consistent marabou tails compared to stripping bunches of fibers off the plume and tying in. "Strung" marabou is pretty cheap and I've found usually over 90% or so of the plumes are useable if you break out the tip of the stem.