FAUX BUCKTAIL £6.29 (PER BRUSH)
Most synthetic hair is disappointing because it rarely has the taper and appearance of natural materials, but this bucktail substitute from Fish Skull is impressive. We challenge you to tell the difference between it and natural hair at first glance. The benefits are considerable. The length (6 in) and diameter of the fibres are consistent. They have the same crinkle and tapered points as natural bucktail, but because there are no short or damaged hairs there is no need to separate the wheat from the chaff. This elimination of waste makes the process of preparation quicker: simply cut a bunch from the easy-to-handle brush in which the hair is bound and tie it in (you may want to mix the lengths to achieve a more naturally-shaped wing tip). Mixing colours is easier than doing so with natural bucktails, which tend to A gold-bodied Willie Gunn tied with Faux Bucktail. stick together. The fibres are springy, therefore wings will have more movement and keep their shape. Finally, Faux Bucktail doesn’t absorb water, so the fly remains light and therefore easier to cast. There are downsides. Unlike bucktail, the substitute doesn’t compress when thread pressure is applied, which means it's a little bulkier than natural bucktail. This quality, along with the fibre's slippery surface, makes it more difficult to form a small, neat head. Though the substitute is made in many colours, these are less vivid than dyed natural bucktail and, being opaque, light cannot penetrate to enhance them. There is no financial advantage: Faux Bucktail is roughly the same price as natural bucktail. Colours: black, blue (kingfisher), chartreuse, fluorescent pink, grey, natural white, olive, orange, purple, red, tan and yellow. Contact: Flytying Boutique. Tel: 01535 630 113. Web: flytyingboutique.com
The fibres are bound together in easy-to-use brushes.
Fibre size and colour are consistent.