Hi Jon. You melt the very end of the chenille to get a small point while you taper the chenille with the flame. This hardens the last 1/16” inch or so of the chenille. Insert the tapered end of the chenille in the jaws of your vise so that just the melted/hardened section is exposed in the front of the jaws. Attach your tying thread with multiple wraps of thread so the thread is touching or almost touching the vise jaws. This “little exposed tab” of melted chenille is stiff enough to allow you to attach the marabou tail as if it were a very short section of a hook shank.
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Landon, it all depends on where you are. States have different rules. Here in Wisconsin the season closes October 15th and re-opens to catch and release only on January 1st. Here in Wisconsin we can fish all through the winter. The rules are no harvest and no live bait.
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