As an experienced fly fisher, you likely know the value of using the right materials to tie your flies. One material that you should definitely have in your fly-tying kit is the Northern Bucktail. The tail of a Hareline Bucktail is one of the most versatile and vital natural materials for fly tying, for both freshwater and saltwater fishing.
These are some of the best tails available, with a unique combination of properties that make them an excellent material for creating different kinds of effective flies. These bucktail fly tails have long, thin, and soft hair that has a natural taper and a delicate texture, making them easier to work with. Also, the hair fibers are hollow, which provides excellent buoyancy and additional movement in the water. This makes it perfect for tying a bucktail streamer or a large dry fly.
Another excellent feature of these tails is that it comes in a wide range of colors, including natural deer colors, bright colors, and dyed hues. That means when you're bucktail fly tying, you can create flies to match any trout, salmon, or other freshwater fish's food source and create bright, flashy patterns for saltwater species. These are available as whole tails or assortment packs of six popular colors or six fluorescent colors in approximately 1-inch squares.
These bucktails are some of the best natural materials used in fly tying. Its natural buoyancy, light-reflecting properties, durability, and flexibility make it the perfect choice for a range of fly patterns, primarily streamers. If you're a fly-fishing enthusiast, adding Northern Bucktail can enhance your fly-tying experience and increase your success rate in catching fish.
Why are Northern Bucktails the best?
The material floats naturally and maintains its shape, making it perfect for the body and tail of the fly. Additionally, the light-reflecting properties of the material offer excellent visibility to both the angler and the fish. Northern tails are also incredibly durable, making it perfect for angling in various conditions and environments. The material is also relatively straightforward to work with, allowing you to create various shapes and sizes for the body, tail, and wing of the fly.
One of the most popular ways to use these bucktails is to attach painted lead eyes to the head of the fly. The weight of the lead eyes creates a sinking action that mimics the natural descent of prey items in the water column.
What are these bucktails made from?
This versatile material of Northern and Petite Bucktails is a natural white-tipped tail hair from a deer in Northern America, which offers several advantages over synthetic materials.