Thread: Danville Black 6/0 Flymaster
Tag: Gold tinsel
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Brown furnace
The Marlow Buzz is close in identity to the Brown Hackle Peacock, but a bit more glitzy with the tinsel tip. It is one of many old, historic no-hackle wet flies that back in the day, were collectively referred to simply as hackles. Hackles were extremely popular among 19th Century anglers because they were simply so effective.
In tying the Marlow Buzz and any other peacock herl bodied fly, there are a couple things one can do to strengthen the herl body. One is to attach a section of fine gold wire and counter-wrap it after the body had been wound. A second is to apply a bit of Flexament to the thread base before winding the herl. Not too much, you don’t want to goop up the body. The third technique is to twist the herl before winding it. To do this, even the ends of the herl before you begin winding. Twist the fibers clockwise if you are tying right-handed, and counter-clockwise if you are tying left-handed. Once the tips of the herl are twisted together grasp them with your hackle pliers, and then continue to twist the herl several more times before you begin winding. The reason for the right or left hand twist is because as you wrap the herl, you do not want it to untwist. A right-handed tyer will add 1/2 turn of twist with each revolution around the shank, which is the same thing that happens when you wrap your thread. Every time. And a left-handed tier has the same issue, except their counter-clockwise windings untwist the right-hand twisted thread that is manufactured for fly tying. Twisted herl bodies are more durable than those that are just wrapped.