Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Step 1: Select some bucktail, depending on how long you want the pattern to be, and attach it to the hook with three loose turns just before the bend. Let the weight of the bobbin hold it in place on top of the shank.Bob Popovics
Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Step 2: Use your index finger to push the bucktail down around the shank of the hook. (If you turn the hook over and there is a gap in the bucktail, tie in a little more so that it encircles the hook.)Bob Popovics
Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Step 3: Once the bucktail completely surrounds the shank, tighten the thread and secure. Let the ends of the bucktail flare and then apply head cement to secure.Bob Popovics
Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Step 4: Wrap the flared ends down neatly and apply flash if desired. Move the thread up the shank in front of the previously tied in bundle of hair and attach some more bucktail that is slightly shorter than the first bundle and repeat steps 1 through 3. Add a small amount of flash between bundles of bucktail if desired. Repeat this process until you get to midshank, decreasing the length of the bucktail each time you tie some in to achieve a tapered look.Bob Popovics
Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Step 5: At midshank tie in the next color of bucktail as in steps 1 through 4 to form the collar. Make sure the bucktail continues to decrease in length at each step so you get the proper taper.Bob Popovics
Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Tying the Bucktail Deceiver

Step 6: Continue the process of adding bucktail until the shank is completely covered. It usually takes at least four bundles for a long shank hook. LEFTY'S VERSION:Bob Popovics