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Tying Your Own Bucktails

Feeling adventurous? Or maybe you haven't been able to get on the water lately? Why not spend some time and tie your own bucktails for the “snookathon” in September.

First, you have to acquire “unfinished” jigheads. That could mean pouring your own molds, buying them locally, or ordering them online from sites such as or Unfinished jigheads are simply bare jigheads without the natural bucktail material or any of the synthetic materials tied on.

Once you have the materials you want, you'll want to dress that jighead. Different wrapping methods and finishes abound, so check out the General Fishing Forum to find out what other members are doing. Member Jack Hexter recommends finishing your jig with a whip finish. FS member lemaymiami recommends adding super glue to the wraps, allowing it to dry, then adding a bit of Hard as Nails by Sally Hansen. So dig in!

First-time bucktail wrappers may not think their initial creations are so hot, but try them anyway. It's less about the color or wrap, and more about the profile. Post some of your own bucktail creations here.

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