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Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide
Marabou Mickey

Marabou Mickey
Name Marabou Mickey
Category Winter Steelhead
Hook Tiemco 7999/ 1/0 to 2/0
Thread Black
Body Flat Silver Tinsel
Wing Yellow Marabou Wound From Tips
Shoulder Small Clump of Bright Red Marabou
Collar Two Turns of Red Saddle Hackle and
Two Turns of Yellow Saddle Hackle

Note: Designed after the color pattern of the Mickey Finn, this fly is tied for mostly clearer water conditions in the big water you'll often find when fishing for Winter Steelhead. You need to control the drift of this fly so that it's not speeding too fast with the current. Use a sinking line to get it down; Cast across stream and immediately throw a large mend; Keep it from being quickly dragged downstream by following the swing of the line, controling it with your rod tip. The idea is to keep a slight tension on the fly, but not enough to allow it to be dragged up and out of the fish holding water.