"Saltwater" bucktails are usually considered to have hair of 4" or longer. However, there really is no standard, and since it's a natural material, can vary greatly. I can live with tails that have less than 4" hair as long as it's at least close to that length. Of course I usually end up with a few tails that have longer hair when buying in bulk. I simply put them aside for when I need them.I also prefer the finer hair to the length but if I can't get a 3 1/2" fly I ain't a happy camper.
Same here. I tie from size #4 to 9/0 using bucktail, smaller flies it's marabou.I tie both flies & jigs with bucktail, so it's never wasted.
Yep,done that too, but most of my larger flies I tie with saddle hackles so the bucktail can be less than 4" or Steve Farrar's flash blend or ultra/supreme hair, in which case I don't use bucktail.I've also resorted to tying the longest hair I have available to the back end of the hook to get enough length & add finer hair for the "bulk"
Nope, not yet. But I did spend some time staring at and holding the Enrico Puglisi fibers. Didn't purchase any 'cause BP's price was $ 8.99 ea and I've been purchasng the Farrar's flash blend for $ 5.95 ea. In addition, Farrar's has flash blended in so don't have to add krystal flash, flashabou, mylar, etc. One other benefit of Farrar's is that it really accepts permaenet markers very well, especially red for gills or black for a spot. Might order a couple of packs of Enrico's this week tho.do you tie with or fish with any of the Polar Fiber materials ?