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is this tied on a shank? thanks
Yes tied on a shank. Here is the basic recipe I use for tying these 4" marabou flies in several color combos.

Cut-shank: 50mm in length, add a small rear wire “guide” loop ¼” from end.

Eyes: x-small yellow lead-eyes

Rear bump: 4 turns of medium Variegated Tinsel chenille to form a ball

Rear prop: spin on small clump deer body hair followed by Artic fox spun in a dubbing loop, wrapped on and picked out with a needle. Use tooth brush to comb back

Rear marabou: Wrap on 1 full marabou plume that has been tied in by the tip

Flash: 5 strands of Flash-a-bou tied in the middle on top of the fly, then folded back and bound down to give 10 strands. Flash material should extend well beyond end of marabou.

Body: Polar chenille wrapped on and ending at the halfway point of the shank

Front bump: 4 turns of chenille to form a ball

Front prop: spin on small clump of deer body hair

Flash: 3 strands of Krystal flash tied in on top then folded back and bound down to give 6 strands

1st collar: Artic Fox spun in a dubbing loop and wrapped on 3-4 turns. Pick out with a needle

Front marabou: wrap on 1 full marabou plume that has been tied in by its tip

2nd collar: schalappen hackle using mostly the fluffy fibers at the base of the feather

Head: Artic Fox tail, cut short with long guard hairs removed, spin in a dubbing loop and wrap on behind and over eyes. Use a tooth brush to comb out.
 
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