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    Default buck tail steamers

    every time i tie a hollow fly, deceiver or bucktail high toe it sinks vertically headfirst or pretty darn close to it. What am doing wrong.

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    Default Re: buck tail steamers

    Hard to say, but do you have any pics of flies you've had this problem with?
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    will post later

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    Default Re: buck tail steamers

    By virtue of the fact that you are compressing the materials at the head, and thus increasing the density, that's how it should sink (the back of the fly, with a bunch of floating material, will want to float). Now if it's high-tailing it toward the bottom, it probably has more to do with the line you're using than the fly itself, since the eye is at the front of the hook, however the line/leader tugs at the fly would result in that. Is the headfirst sinking slow? Rapid? Is this when its tied on the tippet or when the fly is by itself, not tied in to anything yet?
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    Default Re: buck tail steamers

    tied onto tippet it sinks like that

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    Default Re: buck tail steamers

    Is this even after the fly has been fished a while, or just when it's first tied on? Is it sinking fast or what?
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    Default Re: buck tail steamers

    Just add a couple wraps of lead to the back to even it out.

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    its right after its tied.

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    Default Re: buck tail steamers

    Lancer's advice is good, if you don't want the dipping action (which can intrigue some fish)... however, a brand-new fly that hasn't been fished will NOT sink like it will once its wet. Many streamers you need to wet before you fish them because they will float funny.
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