This Spring we brought in Some new materials. One of them was the Fish Skull Faux Bucktail. This tying material just came out and you may have not seen or heard of it yet. I recently picked up a few colors of this and started playing around with it to see how it ties and swims. It is very hard for a synthetic product to duplicate all the qualities of a natural one but this Faux Bucktail does have some nice attributes.
The fibers are tapered from the butt to the tip like real bucktail for a natural appearance unlike some synthetics. It comes in a number of colors that will not fade or bleed after you have fished it for a while. I hate it when a wet streamer bleeds its color into the surrounding flies. It doesn't flow as much as natural bucktail but it does have some movement in the water, it is good at holding a profile for you. Natural bucktail needs to be combed to remove all the underfur and the then pick out any hairs that are broken or are just to short. Faux Bucktail needs no cleaning and every fiber is a consistent 6 inches in length, a compairable length to premium bucktail. This material is pretty tough and durable. It will withstand fish chomping on it all day long without it becoming damaged and your fly ending up looking ragged. If you are tying big flies with a lot of bucktail sometimes they are too bouyant and just don't get down to the depth you desire. Faux Bucktail isn't hollow, this allows your pattern to sink in the water. The one thing this material doesn't do like its natural counterpart is flare. If you want your fly to have a flared look you will need to add a cone or bead behind the Faux Bucktail.
If your interested in trying to incorporate Faux Bucktail into some of your patterns and would like some advise, swing by the shop. We are more than happy to share our knowledge about this new material. To watch a video of this material in the water click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgjs8bL_ynE
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