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Old 02-13-2013, 04:17 PM
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Default Re: How to tie small bucktail flies?

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Originally Posted by theboz View Post
When Turbineblade said size 8 to 10 hooks the first thing that came to mind were Mickey Finns, Black Nose Dace and small Blondes. To me this says short sparse bucktail for these smaller Clousers. But after reading what Jim and Rip posted I realize the fox and other substitutes would be a good substitute. Just a note I've used Black Bear hair on small ones and it looks pretty nice!
I was thinking similarly- that the desire was for white or colored hair, not natural brown/two-tone type hairs. And like you, I've used lots of black bear, mostly on steelhead and salmon flies!

As for the comment about snipping off some "sail squirrel" tails:

1) watch out for oncoming traffic
2) watch out for STRANGE looks from passers by
3) watch out for fleas/ticks if they're REAL fresh
4) learn how to properly clean and prep these before putting them in with your other materials!!!
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