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Old 07-27-2016, 07:38 PM
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Default Synthetic bucktail?

What is the best synthetic hair for bucktail and where can I get it? Looking for stuff that is a good replacement as well as cheaper than bucktail.

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Lots of tyers use craft fur
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Where do they get the craft fur?

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Where do they get the craft fur?
craft stores. really

or fly shops
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Long pile craft fur is waht you want:

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Can you dye the craft fur?

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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.
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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.
Exactly. Quality craft fur is actually probably more expensive than bucktail, harder to work with, and doesn't perform as well in typical bucktail style flies. If it's shop availability that's one thing. Another advantage is that if you're a whitetail hunter or know someone who is you can end up with more bucktail than you know what to do with. Call your local game processing shop and they'll likely save you as many bucktails as you want.

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You know what else I use a lot of ??

Halloween wigs.

They come in all kinds of styles and colors and the day after Halloween you can pick them up for pennies

This "bucktail deceiver" was tied solely from a "Don King" fright wig that I bought for a quarter.

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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.
I agree. If I was trying to keep it is as cheap as possible, I would buy a few white bucktails and die them. It will koolaid dye reasonably well. Chartreus, orange and light blue anyway. Real dye works better though. Cheap craft fur did not give me anything close to an acceptable result on the few flies I attempted to use it on. It just matted up in the water.
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