What’s the secret on lure tying?
I’ve some lures the hair pulled out.
When re-tying how do you get the
hair evenly around the lure head?
It seems to tend to clump unevenly to
What’s the trick?
Not trying to be smart or anything but it takes practice, lots of practice. After you've tied a few hundred you'll start to get the knack. Do a Google search on Bucktail Tying and you'll pick up some valuable ticks and tips. Sign up and attend the Rigging Parties when you see them posted. You'll get hands on experience there. But right now you can print out some illustrations from google and with them sit down and practice.
get some deep penetrating fly tying cement. coat the thread wraps before and after tying in clumps of hair. Use a good bobbin with strong tread, put a couple loose wrappings around the hair then pread the hair around the jig head, then bear down on the wrappings and tie it off good, then more cement on the threads.
after it dries completly I would add a coat of epoxy..
The hair at the tip of the bucktail is solid and ties better. The hair closer to the "body" is hollow and flairs alot (it also is more boyant)
If you have any friends that are fly tyers, they can show you faster than I can tell you. If not Get yourself a good bobbin and some Kevlar or monocord thread. For large bucktails you can tie them in a regular vise. If you are right handed, put the bucktail in the vice facing right. Make sure the barb of the hook is covered by the vice. Get a good even wrap of threads on the tying portion of the bucktail before you add the deer hair. Cut a clump of deer hair holding the clump between the first finger and thumb of your left hand. Put the deer hair onto the bucktail, but do not remove yor hand until you have made 6 or 7 wraps around the hair. Its easier for an inexperienced person to add several clumps of hair instead of one large one. Wrap each clump as you go. When you have the entire bucktail covered to your satisfaction, wrap thread back and forth until you have covered the entire tying area of the bucktail. Finish off with a few coats of head cement and you are ready to go.
I've been tying flies for a pretty long time and it's still trickyto get a great looking lure. First, don't put too much hair on at once, second: use "D" thread because it's much stronger for the larger lures and third: after two-three wraps after a new bunch on hair tighten by pulling the thread up (toward the ceiling - helps with not flaring bucktail) then after two or so wraps you can tighten down. Good luck.
get yourdelf a "base" of thread on the jig.. I coat that with fly head cement. Wapsi brand.
Dont try to put too much hair on at once, use small pcs and start that way.. after you get the hang of it you will be able to use larger pcs and work them around the jig. Tie a few half hitches and more cement.
One more consideration---where you cut the hair from the buck tail makes a difference.
The closer to the base of the tail, the more the hair "flairs" and whats to move around on the the hook. Generally the bottom 1/3 is not much good for tying.
Attend the 2007 Flyfest!! Its free and a great investment of your time, those folks will have you tying bucktail in no time. I attended the first-ever flyfest; it really shortened my learning curve for flytying and lure making. You will have fun and meet some great folks. Don't be intimidated that they are fly guys, most of them also fish with other gear, you will be glad you attended!
Wrap a layer of thread on the collar before cutting and placing hair. Once hair is placed on the collar, make 4-5 "loose" wraps with the thread... then push the hair evenly around the collar... adding more hair if needed. Once it's evely distributed around the collar and the wraps completed, I use clear fingernail polish to coat the wraps. I know, it doesn't pentrate the threads like the good stuff, but it's a LOT cheaper. And after all, the reason I tie my own is to save money!
Run a few loose loops around your deer hair and then tighten it up while distributing the hair around the hook shank with your other hand. Also, thin your glue with a little solvent to help it soak in to the base of the hair.
I tied some parachutes last year with nylon hair and followed most of the tips here with success. Nylon hair comes out of the package with one end solid. In other words all the hair is attached on one end and loose on the other. I kept the solid end in tact until I was done tying the lure. Once done, I just cut it off with sharp scissors. The lures made it through the whole year and once I glue some new eyeballs on I plan to use them again.
Find a Kid with Braces and ask him for some of his rubber bands. You have to get the real small ones, but they work
I use these to hold the hair in place until I even it out around the lure head. I then simply wrap over the rubber band and glue the thread once I have wrapped enough