These prime quality bucktails are a bit smaller than the Large Northern Bucktails, but they have plenty of great tying hair on them. They are ideal for baitfish flies, Clouser Minnows, and all kinds of wings and tails. They tails average an overall length of 10″ and the fibers are 3″ – 4″ in length. You can tie a lot of nice flies with these tails!
Bucktails – Medium Size Prime Quality
Bucktail is one of the most common natural materials used in tying jigs and streamers. Our Medium tails have naturally long fibers making them great for tying baitfish 3-4″ long.
Tying Tip #1: The hair closest to where the tail attaches to the deer is the most hollow. Hence, when you tie it in it will tend to flare out. It also has the most under fluff needing to be cleaned out before lashing onto the fly. Patterns where you do not want the hair to flare, such as Clouser Minnows, try to use hair that is closer to the tip of the tail. This hair is less hollow, longer, and will sit straighter on the hook.
Tying Tip #2: Use a hair packer to align the tips of the bucktail if a cleaner, fuller look to the fly is desired. For a sparser look, leave the tips unaligned.
Brad Elfers has been a fly fishing & river guide in Alaska since 1993.He opened Alaska Fly Fishing Goods in 1998.
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