PART ONE: MIX THE HAIR AND TIE THE TAIL
TWO COLOURS of bucktail are used for the Cascade’s tail. These are orange and yellow, placed together and then mixed to produce a long slim bunch. The tips don’t have to be perfectly aligned, just enough so that the end of the tail isn’t too sparse. Mixing the colours prevents the tail from appearing as two separate layers and is achieved by gently rolling the two bunches together between your fingers. The final step in forming the tail is to embellish the bucktail with a few strands of pearl Krystal Flash. Three or four strands are ample and are best added by catching in lengths of the material and then doubling them over. The advantage of this method is that the strands can never be pulled out.
9 If four strands appear excessive, simply trim off one strand at the tail-base. Trim all the ends of the Krystal Flash so the strands are the same length as the tail.
6 Tail-length is a matter of choice but as a guide it should be approximately 2½-3 times the length of the hook. If you’re happy with the tail secure the hair along the hook shank with further close tight turns of thread.
2 Take a patch of orange bucktail and draw out a small pinch of the hair.
7 The final part of the tail is the addition of strands of pearl Krystal Flash. By tying in two long strands at their midpoint and then folding them over, you will have four strands that can’t be pulled out.
With the two strands caught in at the tail-base, fold them over and fix with further thread-turns.
Offer the bunch of hair up to the hook and catch it in with two or three thread turns.
Fix the hook securely in the vice. In the case of a double hook insert the far hook rather than the nearest one. Run the tying thread on close to the eye and wind it down the shank. Stop the thread opposite the hook points – this is where the two hook-bends diverge.
3 Snip off the hair at its base and remove any damaged hairs. The hair-tips should be roughly but not perfectly level.