Part Fourteen

Neat Bucktail Heads
By George E. Emanuel


Tying in bucktail can sometimes be a pain in the butt. We can however simplify your tying problems with this material by simply adding to or modifying our method of preparation.

First you should remove all of the short hairs from your bunch. Do this by grasping the bucktail by the tips and pulling the short hairs from the butt end. also use a fairly sparse bunch. Beginners usually try to tie in far to much material at one time. Several smaller bunches will make for a much neater fly, and are easier to manage..

Next step. Cut the butts on an acute angle. (about 45 degrees or so.) Make sure you gauge their length to the fly you are tying. (A Clouser Minnow is pictured, but this works on all bucktail flies.)

The next and last step before you actually "tie in" the bucktail, put a drop of Daves Fleximent on the butts. This stuff holds on like a mad dog and really adds to the durability of all of your flies.

OK, you have cut at an angle and glued the butts, now tie them in and notice how smoothly you can run your thread up and down this neat little "ramp" we have formed with our tapered and glued but ends. This really will make for a much nicer head!

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas too! ~ George E. Emanuel (Chat Room Host Muddler)

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