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How sparse is too sparse - Bucktails

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I’ve been tying flies for a little over a year and I got into surf fishing this summer and had plenty of success with bucktail jigs. I know the amount of bucktail will affect how fast the jig sinks. I’ve had success with very sparse Clousers. All the bucktail jig I’ve boughten have a far more liberal amount of hair tied in. Does this look too sparse?

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In short it all depends where you are fishing. Current speed, depth, etc. IMO that bucktail looks perfect.  It’s nice to have a mix of ones with more hair and some with less. You can carry a few and see what works for the conditions at hand

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4 mins ago, SSSurf said:

Thanks @eelbasher. I’m tying up a few right now and tying them in less sparse as I go. 

Personally I don’t like mine with a ton of hair, but that’s just me. I do carry a mix of density’s though just in case I might need something different

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I would not call that sparse. Looks good. The one on the bench looks sparser and better to me. Now tie one with 1/3rd more hair and drop them in water. You won’t see a noticeable  difference in sink rate. That’s more hooey to get 8 bucks for a “custom” bucktail. 

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Many have too much hair, yours looks VG, you'll notice the casting distance also when you go lighter. Always add a trailer, like the curly-tails

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How much hair is dictated by more than opinion.  Some situations call for more hair.  Sometimes the fish want less hair.  There is no universal answer.  It's always "it depends".  

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 I’ve had success with very sparse Clousers.

Bob Clouser himself will tell you that sparse is better on his "Clouser Minnows".

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I watched my friend take a nice fish on an unpainted, untied jig head without pork rind. He was trying to prove a point. He did, his point was he knew what he was doing.

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