Hareline Large Northern Bucktail

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Bucktail is a highly versatile natural material used in a myriad of streamer, wet fly, and dry fly patterns. Each tail features long, thin fibers with a hollow core, ideal for streamer heads, wings, and dry fly bodies. The hollow core traps air, making them more buoyant than synthetic alternatives. Additionally, Bucktail fibers can be spun to create bulky streamer heads without adding unnecessary weight to the fly. 

In traditional wet flies, Bucktail fibers are often used to create sparse wings and tails, as their taper looks incredibly lifelike. Bucktails are also used frequently in saltwater patterns, like Clouser Minnows, Deceivers, and Bucktail Gotchas. 


Hareline Large Northern Bucktails are available in 29 colors to meet the needs of any pattern imaginable. As a natural material, the characteristics of each Bucktail will vary slightly. Full tails can range in size from 8 to 12 inches in length, and from 3 to 5 inches in width, tapering to a pointed tip. The length of the individual hair fibers will range from 2 inches at the tail’s tip to up to 5 inches in the middle of the tail. The texture of the hair can vary from straight to wavy to crinkly.

How To Use It

We suggest using Hareline Large Northern Bucktail in a vast array of fly patterns for both saltwater and freshwater pursuits. Hareline’s Large Northern Bucktail is a great choice if a pattern calls for Bucktail fibers. Additionally, Bucktail fibers can substitute synthetic materials like polar fiber and craft fur in many saltwater applications. For trout patterns, Bucktail makes a great streamer head and dry fly body & wing material because of its fantastic buoyancy properties. Overall, it's worthwhile for both beginner and experienced fly tyers to have a selection of Hareline Large Northern Bucktail on hand.

Why We Like It

There are several properties of Hareline Large Northern Bucktail that we find invaluable:

  1.  The natural taper of Bucktail makes it appear extremely realistic, especially for tails on dry flies, nymphs, emergers, and wet flies. 
  2.  Bucktail flares and spins easily, making it a great option for any pattern that requires a spun head or body. After spinning the material, tyers can use a razor blade to easily shape the fly to the desired dimensions. 
  3.  Bucktail fibers have a hollow core, so they are naturally buoyant. Bucktail’s ability to trap air and float makes it an excellent material for dry fly bodies in traditional patterns like the Humpy fly. Its floating properties also make Bucktail streamers more neutrally buoyant, allowing for a slower retrieve and more lifelike action underwater. 


Overall, Hareline Large Northern Bucktail is an indispensable material for fly tyers. Its realistic appearance, ability to spin easily, and buoyancy make it a versatile material for many popular fly patterns. Available in a wide variety of colors, you’ll be ready to incorporate Bucktail fibers into your fly tying for freshwater and saltwater applications. Once you begin tying with Bucktail you will quickly see why Hareline Large Northern Bucktail is one of the most popular fly tying materials available at Trident Fly Fishing.

Pack Size

The bag is approximately 12” x 5” and comes with either one or two tails per bag depending on the size of the tails.

**These sizes and dimensions may vary based on manufacturer changes**


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