TANDEM BUCKTAILING FLIES

Detailed fly construction description below the fly photos at bottom of the page.

The most popular color for the Puget Sound.

"C" HAWK Tandem Buctailing Fly: $5.99 each, with 1 Action Disc.

Both the green and the chartreuse materials are UV reactive.  The front stainless steel hook is the foundation of the fly.  The trailing hook is a barb-less GAMAKATSU octopus hook for those areas requiring barb-less lures.  This trailing hook is on a loop of stainless steel leader wire to make it replaceable.  Some customers have substituted trebles or much larger single hooks.

Green Chartreuse: $5.99 each, with Action Disc

PINK/ORANGE:  This is the HOTTEST UV fly in my selection.   It has "COHO written all over it".  If you believe in "Bright day, bright fly" this is your go-to sunny day trolling fly.  Rumor has it that the majority of silvers caught with this fly have been wearing wrap around shades.

PINK/ORANGE BUCKTAILING FLY: $5.99 each, supplied with Wiggle Fin Action Disc

GRAY/PINK is a traditional west coast Vancouver Island salmon color scheme.  The pink is UV reactive and it has accents of Krystal flash and pearl mylar to reflect available light.

PINK/GRAY Tandem Bucktailing Fly: $5.99 each, Sold with Wiggle Fin Action Disc
My Phantom Gray features UV Herring Back Krystal Flash and a pearl mylar belly to reflect a bit of light.  The inspiration for this fly is the exact imitation school of thought when tying a streamer fly.  In nature bait fish are camouflaged in their surroundings.  The bait fish is there but not obvious.  Fading into the background is what predators expect to see.  Gray is another traditional color for Vancouver Island trolling flies.

My Phantom Gray features UV Herring Back Krystal Flash and a pearl mylar belly to reflect a bit of light.  The inspiration for this fly is the exact imitation school of thought when tying a streamer fly.  In nature bait fish are camouflaged in their surroundings.  The bait fish is there but not obvious.  Fading into the background is what predators expect to see.  Gray is another traditional color for Vancouver Island trolling flies.

UV PHANTOM GRAY Bucktailing Fly: $5.99 each, sold with Wiggle Fin Action Disc

PURPLE PERIL:  Purple is the deep water color and I needed to have at least one fly with this color.  The back features UV Purple Krystal Flash to provide a bit of flash to this fly. 

PURPLE PERIL Bucktailing Fly: $5.99 each, sold with a Wiggle Fin Action Disc.

TANDEM BUCKTAILING FLIES

These Tandem Bucktailing Flies are tied on a 1/0 stainless steel hook for durability.  The barb can be crushed or the hook cut off at the bend if local regulations require.  The trailing hook is a barb-less GAMAKATSU octopus, placed at the rear of the fly where king salmon tend to bite.  I chose this hook for its quality and to have a true barb-less at the business end of this fly.  The second hook is attached with a loop of stainless steel leader to allow for easy replacement. Depending on local regulations, anglers have used trebles and larger single hooks.

These flies are tied with synthetic materials rather than traditional buck tail.  Natural buck tail is limited in length and becomes brittle with repeated soaking.  By choosing synthetic materials, the service life of this fly is extended.  Synthetic materials do not hold water allowing them to be cast with a fly rod.  All of these patterns have flash to reflect light for the salmon to notice.

WHAT IS BUCKTAILING ?

Bucktailing is a specific technique of high speed trolling (2.5 to 4+ mph) where a bucktailing fly is pulled behind a boat just beyond the prop wash of the engine.  The fly is at or just below the surface, often throwing a wake.  The most common location for this technique is the outside edges of kelp beds where the water is 15 to 25 feet deep.  Coho salmon feeding in and around kelp beds are attracted to the prop wash and will swim to the surface to hit the fly.  With the fly only 15 to 30 feet behind the boat, the rod is pointed at the fly.  Jarring strikes are the rule and it is an exciting way to fish.  The prime season for this is in the Fall when the cohos have come in from the North Pacific feeding grounds and are heading toward their freshwater rivers. 

These flies are not just for bucktailing, I have done well with them, trolling in a conventional sense.

Denis
Looks like next Years style is a winner. Had it out for 10 minutes
Scott U.

Caught off Homer Alaska, July 12th, 2015 on Purple/Gray, 2/0, Tandem Hook Bucktailing fly