FAUX BUCK­TAIL £6.29 (PER BRUSH)

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Tackle -

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.

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