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Hook : Size
Thread : Black 3/0.
Tail : Tag of red wool.
Body : Green/olive chenille with front third overlaid with
"aurora" luminous skirt.
Wings : Black marabou.
1. Lay a base of thread.
2. Tie in tag of red wool, making a short tail.
3. Tie in and wrap the green chenille to behind the hookeye.
4. Attach aurora skirt and wind strip to cover about 1/3 of the
chenille body; then wind forward to create a second layer of
luminous plastic and tie off.
5. Tie in a fluffy wing of the black marabou, making the wing
length extend just slightly beyond the red tail.
6. Whip finish the head, and add head cement.
Original tier, Lee Hinkleman.
The Midnight Marabou is best fished
on the bottom. To do this I use either a fast sinking line with
a short leader or a floating line and sinking leader with a long
Often I fish the Midnight Marabou in tandem. Generally the Midnight
Marabou leads with a smaller dark fly behind it. Sometimes it
is reversed and I have used a #10 Midnight Marabou behind a large
I think, particularly on dark nights, that rainbow trout respond
well to flies that have a large luminous element. On these occasions
I keep the Midnight Marabou well charged with torchlight every
five or 10 casts. On nights that are not quite so dark or in
areas that are shallow or receiving a lot of angling pressure
I don't charge the fly so often and I think the ability to catch
fish even when not charged is one the strengths of the Midnight
Targeted species, Rainbow trout, I have had no success on brown
trout with this fly.
I use this fly in Lake Taupo, New
Zealand fishing for rainbow trout that gather at the river mouths
prior to spawning. The fly is also useful at Rotorua and I believe
it has been used with some success after dark in the some larger
The soft nature of the marabou means that the fly does not have
a lot of "kick" so I would not use it where there was
too much current. It does seem quite effective on the edge of
current fished slowly right on the bottom, where it may be taken
as a freshwater crayfish (koura).
The Midnight Marabou is really an
attractor fly. However I believe it has enough representative
elements to also suggest a freshwater crayfish.