How to Tie Kelly Galloups T&A Rainbow
What You’ll Need
Start the thread somewhere in the middle and wind to the bend.
Now you will take 2-3 individual strands of marabou, from the strung, not wooly bugger marabou. This is really important because if you select bad marabou, your fly will come out the same way. We’re going to palmer (wrap) this around the hook shank going forward. Oh, you’ll tie it in by the tip, cut the excess tip and wrap the thread up a little and start wrapping. After you’ve tied it down and trim the excess, tie back down on it and wind back to the bend. Make sure you don’t go all the way to the bend because we are trying to build up the fly as we go forward. This will force the marabou to lay down. Note: You need to find the longest marabou you can. Hareline has some that is called X-select that works great for these types of patterns. Select marabou from Wapsi will work, but buying a pack of strung you’ll more then likely get four or five good ones and the rest will be junk.
Showing you a good feather. It needs to be soft.
Showing you where to split it and tie it in at the tip.
Tie in the second feather.
By now you should be up at the front of the hook, depending on if you had to tie in two or three white marabou plumes. Wind back a little on the marabou and you’re ready for the olive marabou for the top.
Peel off the stem and tie in so it’s only on the top. We’re not going to palmer it around the shank. You don’t need much so watch how much olive you tie in.
You’ll do the same with pink. Tie in the same amount on each side. You don’t need much so go easy, even less then olive. You can see how much I peeled off. On the olive and pink I used select marabou from Wapsi.
Build a nice thread head and whip finish. Add some glue (gloss coat is what I recommend) and let it dry while you’re tying the second hook.
Tie in at the center of the hook. Cut the tag and tie in the hard mason mono.