OPST Barred Drabs


Great range of 2 pack Barred Ostrich in fantastic colors, Currently very low on stock due to unavailabilty from OPST

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OPST Barred Drabs for sale in Canada.

By now most people who have spent any time pursuing steelhead have heard of the Intruder. The large-profile fly is no longer a secret, but what many people don’t fully appreciate is the critical importance of material selection in tying it. All materials are not created equal, and this is as true for ostrich plumes as it is for any other material. Jerry French and Ed Ward searched for a long time for the perfect Intruder plume and eventually found a feather called the “drab”. Don’t let the name fool you; there’s nothing drab about this feather. OPST selected the drab for their Signature Intruder Plumes because drabs are stout at the base and taper to fine tips, making them perfect for twin tails and wings. The tips of the drabs can be palmered and wrapped as a hackle to create a wide profile with a very slim base. The rest of the drab performs extremely well in a dubbing loop. The length is perfect for other steelhead flies as well, meaning there is much less waste than with a traditional, over-sized ostrich plume. OPST draws from only the finest ostrich drabs so you don’t have to deal with the annoyance of missing feather tips or matted feathers. We import them direct to Canada from their warehouse just over the border in Washington state.

The final step in creating a perfect Intruder plume is in the dyeing. OPST’s Barred drabs are dyed in all the most popular steelhead and streamer colors, enhanced with unique black barring that mimics the mottling pattern found in many natural species. There’s just something fishy about a barred fly, and OPST has incorporated this into their Signature Intruder Plumes to inspire aggression in fish and confidence in you as well. OPST Barred Drabs are a must have! 2 PLUMES PER PACKET.