Part Eleven

Separating Bucktail
By George E. Emanuel


One of the best ways to not only store, but to use bucktail, is to separate the colors.

Now I am not talking keeping blue separate from brown etc. I mean separating the main color of the bucktail from the usually darker center section. Or as it grows on the deer, separating the white from the brown.

If you look at the skin side of the tail you will see clearly defined wide dark "vein" in the skin. This is the dark or brown hair of the tail as seen from the back. Now if you will take a razor blade or a hobby knife and carefully cut down this vein, you will actually separate the dark from the lighter bucktail.

You may have to do a tad of trimming if you were not exact in your cutting, but, you now have three distinct pieces of bucktail, two light, or white, and one dark, or brown.

These store very easy, especially if you travel. But, more importantly they will actually tie more flies than the hair left together on the tail. And selecting a "bunch" is a real joy with this technique!

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas too! ~ George E. Emanuel (Chat Room Host Muddler)

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