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does anyone know of a website that gives step by step instructions for tying bucktails? I've been trying but so far the results are inconsistent and disapointing. I keep ending up with an uneven disrtibution of hair around the jig head and lots of the hair comes out that never was on the collar of the jig.
 

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try these:

aswf.org

globalflyfisher.com

went you tie your bucktail
first rap your thread a round the hook put a some[ hard as nail].on the thread. the tie a smallbunch of hair rap with thread repeat 4 x .and put
hard as nail on each time you tie on the hair.[top,side.bottom,side]
then rap the threadaround,two coat of hard as nail. that all.!!!
 

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Seamaster,

Have a look at the instructions from this tackle component retailer:

http://www.luremaking.com/howto/bucktail1.htm

The instructions on this site are for tying bucktail to big treble hooks (in Canada and central US "bucktail" means a Mepps-type spinner with dressed hook), but the principle is the same for tying bucktail to lead head jigs. If your hair is uneven and pulling loose, you might be trying to attach too much hair at once. Begin by wrapping a layer of thread on the jig collar, finish this bed layer with your bobbin on the aft end of the collar. You'll be working aft to bow. Next, attach only as much hair as you need to cover 1/3 of the jig collar, secure the wraps with a little dab of super glue, rotate the jig 120 degrees, tie the next 1/3, then the last 1/3. If you need to fill a gap, add a little more hair as needed to that spot, securing the wraps with a little dab of super glue as you go. There should be a little excess hair sticking out forward from under your thread wraps. Cut this off as close to the thread as you can with a good set of small scissors. Sometimes an exacto knife or razor works better. When you've finished attaching all the hair, continue wrapping more thread to even out the surface and make it look nice. Finish with a coating layer of super glue or head cement. For a fuller, bushier look, attach a second layer of bucktail just ahead of the first layer.

There's a certain knack to this, and practice helps. Don't expect your first attempts to look like those in the tackle shop.

Fuzzy
 

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Seamaster,

Try using smaller amounts of bucktail at a time. You may not be putting enough tension on the thread to hold the hairs in place once your done.

When you apply too much tension the hairs start to flair, time to back off until the hairs are laying correctly. Applying the right amount of tension comes with practice.

Put two wraps of thread around the bucktail. The weight of the bobbin should hold them in place. If not, your using too many at one time. Try to distribute the hairs as evenly as possible. Head cement is required after each group of bucktail is added.

It does take some practice to get it right. You should start to see positive results after a few tries.

Let us now how you make out.

Good luck,
Pnutbunker
 
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