07-28-2016, 08:33 AM
Re: Synthetic bucktail?
I use a lot of craft fur and it's not all created equal.
I hate to say it, but the stuff that you get from a fly shop is head and shoulders better that the craft store stuff.
Here's a basic truth. Craft fur mats.
You can't tie in a clump like you would with bucktail
It has to be a pinch at a time to spread it out.
When it comes to tying "bucktails" and flies such as deceivers and Clouser minnows as far as I'm concerned, there is no substitute for bucktail.
For some reason flies with bucktail always perform better that the same flies tied with synthetics.
There are times when for durability sake that a substitution might be necessary.
In a case like that I use a material called Polar Fibre.
It's very much like the craft fur but seems to behave better
But buck tails are cheap.
Unless you're constantly dragging your flies across the bottom or feeding them to bluefish, there's little reason to substitute.
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart