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Old 05-29-2013, 09:53 AM
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Default Re: First Clouser

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keeping each bunch a bit sparse and gluing the butt ends will keep a fly together through many a fish caught.
Ard's advise is about the best tip you'll get for working with hairs.

I've probably tied thousands of flies & jigs with bucktail. It's an excellent material, and not difficult to deal with, once you get used to it's nuances.

I don't bother attempting to stack the hair. It's not needed, and IMO doesn't add anything to the appearance of a fly. Actually, it doesn't look natural IMO.

Instead, I just try to even up the hair a bit, by holding the hair between my fingers & pulling free the longer fibers. Sometimes it takes a couple of attempts, but I've gotten to where I can do this fairly fast. This gives a tapered look to each clump of hair, which again IMO is more natural looking. (edit-posted before I saw Rips reply, we agree on many things!)

Here's a pair of Clousers I've tied. They're sparely dressed & approximately the same length. The tips of the hair are generally even, and yes there are a few longer hairs. Clousers, or any fly should not look like a paint brush. When these were tied, I gave the hair a few wraps of thread & a drop of head cement (Sally Hansens Hard As Nails). The additional wraps will work the cement into the hair, making them solid & durable. There is also a coat or 2 of Sally's as a final finish over the thread, eyes & hair at the head.

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Here's another. Tied with a combination of squirrel tail & coyote tail. Again, the tips of the hair are approximately even. I use this fly as a crayfish imitation.

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This hair jig is tied with coyote tail hair. Again, the hair is even, but not like a paint brush.
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A saltwater Clouser, the tips of the hair gives a tapered appearance to the profile. Some baitfishes have this same profile. BTW, this is fox tail hair, not bucktail.

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This large bucktail jig is tied very full. The tips of the hair are about even. Sometimes a fuller tied jig or fly is desirable, as it pushes more water. There are always times when sparse or full has it's uses.
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