Field & Stream Tip: How to Tie a Bucktail Plug
EVEN PLUG FISHERMEN can use vises, bobbins, thread, and feathers to build a better lure. Here’s how to dress up...
EVEN PLUG FISHERMEN can use vises, bobbins, thread, and feathers to build a better lure. Here’s how to dress up your plugs.
 If your treble is rusted or sharpened beyond recognition, buy a new one of the same size, and put it in the vise.
 Select a shade of bucktail to match your plug. White is standard, though you may want to use black or perhaps a black-and-purple blend for night fishing or dark lures. A mix of chartreuse and yellow works great for similarly colored plugs for flats fishing, and olive-browns are ideal for those greenish-brown-backed plugs that you use to fish over kelp. Think of the bait you’re trying to imitate and choose accordingly.
 Cut the hair from the bucktail, pull out the small guard hairs near the base, and spread the bucktail evenly in the treble.
 Wrap with thread, tie off with three half hitches or a whip finish, and coat with head cement.
 When you’ve mastered working with bucktail, add some saddle hackles or some flash to make the lures irresistible. Long, thin hackles are best: They move easily in the water and don’t impede your casting.