Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bucktail Kebari

The Bucktail Kebari
It's been a while between posts and fly tying experiments so I decided it was time to rectify both at the same time.  A few weeks ago I came across an article in the June/July issue of Fly Fisherman that utilized bucktail       in the construction of fly bodies.  I have always liked using bucktail hair in flies and look for any chance to do so.  The article instructs the tier to make a "rope" with about 6 bucktail fibers and the tying thread and then use this to wrap the body.  The great thing about this technique is that bucktail is fairly easy to work with and  comes in a great variety of colors, allowing you to mix and match fibers to create whatever color body you desire.  The fly above was my first attempt at incorporating this kind of body into a sakasa kebari.  I like the way it looks with it's segmented appearance.  It reminds me of a fly tied by Jason Klass of "Tenkaratalk".  Jason's fly utilized camel hair and is twisted to give a similar look.

A closer look at the body
In this case I used a mixture of brown and white bucktail fibers. In the future I plan to play with color combinations to see what kind of unique looks can be created.  For anyone interested the recipe is below.

Bucktail Kebari

Hook: Mustad C49S, size 10
Thread: Pearsall's gossamer silk thread, color olive
Hackle: Hungarian partridge
Collar: peacock herl
Body: bucktail fibers, 6 fibers, a mixture of brown and white


  1. Interesting idea. It looks similar to wraping pheasant tail fibers for the body. They do give a nice segmented look!

  2. Thanks Mark. Surprisingly, I have never tied a fly using pheasant tail fibers (I think I'll have to change that). It also was not that difficult to tie and it seems like a durable body.

  3. Kiwi,
    Good use of a material. It makes for a nice segmented body, and with different colored bucktail you have quite an assortment.
    Nice fly.

  4. Thanks Brk Trt. The assortment of colors is a definite plus when tying a body this way. I can't think of the author's name from the article but he deserves a pat on the back for such a creative way to use bucktail. I only applied it to my favorite fly pattern to tie.