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Designed by Martin Bawden
The Shrimp & Cray Tail™ is a stainless-steel weight molded in the shape of crustacean tails.
Quick and easy to tie, the Shrimp & Cray Tail™ is a simple alternative to bead chain eyes and dumbbells – two general-purpose fly tying materials which add the needed weight to shrimp and crayfish flies, but require ungainly tying methods and lack the distinctive tail profile of these creatures.
Target both saltwater and freshwater fish, from bonefish, permit, stripers, speckled trout, and redfish, to carp, smallmouth bass, and other warm-water species.
To learn more, read this article by Martin Bawden:
Inside look: Designing the Fish-Skull Shrimp & Cray Tail.
Quantity per pack: Small, Medium (20); Large (15)
Quick and easy to tie
No more figure-8 wraps and no more twisting. Simply tie in the Shrimp & Cray Tail™ directly in line with the hook shank and slightly behind the hook eye, then tie in the rest of your materials.
Realistic look and shape
Your completed fly will have a better finish and more realistic profile because the Shrimp & Cray Tail™ is molded after the true shape of crustacean tails.
Ensure your fly tracks correctly
The Shrimp & Cray Tail™ acts as a weighted keel by distributing most of the tail’s weight to the bottom of the fly (like a bead chain or dumbbell), ensuring it will swim in the correct position. This also allows you to tie with the hook facing either down or up.
The shape of the tail acts almost as a tripod to provide a stable base for your fly to stand upon, which means (unlike bead chain eyes) your fly is less likely to fall on its side while laying motionless on the sand waiting to be stripped.
Trigger the strike
The initial strip of the fly can produce the telltale "puff" of sand or silt, similar to that of an escaping shrimp or crayfish bursting out of cover, to catch the attention of the fish you're targeting.
Gives your fly the same weight you would expect from a bead chain or small dumbbell, allowing a predictable sink rate.
The Shrimp & Cray Tail™ is quick and easy to tie with.
You'll tie your favorite shrimp or crayfish fly in the same way as you would with a bead chain eye or dumbbell, except with a Shrimp & Cray Tail™ instead.
Start your tying thread and wrap a thread base.
Hold the Shrimp & Cray Tail™ in position underneath the hook shank, ensuring that the rear of the tail doesn't extend past the eye of the hook.
Tie in place using strong, even thread wraps.
Continue tying the remainder of the fly in the normal way.
Q: How does the weight and size of the Shrimp & Cray Tail™ compare to bead chains and dumbbells?
A: The SMALL size has the same weight and width as a SMALL size bead chain.
The MEDIUM size has the same weight and width as a LARGE size bead chain.
The LARGE size is the approximate equivalent weight of most SMALL size dumbbells.
This means that you can expect an equivalent and predictable sink rate when tying your favorite patterns.
Q: Can the Shrimp & Cray Tail™ be used to tie hook up and hook down flies?
A: Yes. The SCT acts as a keel helping to orientate your fly correctly in either position.
Q: Which existing fly patterns can be tied using the Shrimp & Cray Tail™?
A: The Shrimp & Cray Tail™ can be used to tie virtually any shrimp or crayfish pattern that uses a bead chain or dumbbell. It is a simple material substitute that does not necessitate you to change the basic way the fly pattern is tied or constructed. Take your current patterns to the next level or create some new ones!
Q: Which size hooks should I use?
A: Hook sizes will always vary depending on which types of patterns you are tying and the hook models, however for typical bonefish flies (example: a Gotcha tied on a standard saltwater hook) we have found the following works well:
SMALL size for #8 & #6 hooks.
MEDIUM size for #4 & #2 hooks.
LARGE size for #2, #1 and larger hooks.
Q: What is the Shrimp & Cray Tail™ made of?
A: The Shrimp & Cray Tail™ is made of high quality stainless steel which means it's strong, corrosion resistant and suitable for saltwater use.
Q: In what position of the hook shank should the tail be tied on?
A: Tie underneath the shank of the hook toward the eye, but make sure the Shrimp & Cray Tail™ does not extend past the eye of the hook because it will not keel correctly.
Q: Is the product patented?
A: Yes, there is currently a Patent Pending status.
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Tie flies of all types and sizes from nymphs to Clousers to T-Bones with Fish-Skull Faux Bucktail, a tapered synthetic multi-use fly tying fiber designed to imitate typical premium-length natural bucktail.
Fish-Skull Faux Bucktail fibers have the same basic diameter, gentle crinkle, and taper as natural bucktail. In appearance, it looks almost identical and has the same distinctive bucktail fly or lure action in the water. However, the fibers are not hollow (which helps your fly sink faster) and will not “flare” in the same way as regular bucktail while tying. This means you will need to tie with slightly different techniques to achieve the same effect.
Every Faux Bucktail fiber is premium 6” (152 mm) length, giving you more than twice the amount of usable fibers per tail and eliminating the headache of sorting and searching for ideal strands. Simply peel off the full length of your desired amount of fibers, trim to length, and tie them in.
The fibers can be used in a wide range of fly or lure types.
Note: Faux Bucktail cuts easily, but like most other synthetic materials can be hard on your nice scissors. Use serrated heavy duty scissors designed for synthetics (or an old pair you don’t mind abusing).
To learn more, read this article by Martin Bawden:
Inside Look: Designing Fish-Skull Faux Bucktail.
More useable fiber than natural bucktail.
Every fiber in the Faux Bucktail pack is useable! You will find that Faux Bucktail has approximately 2-3 times the amount of useable fiber per pack than a typical natural bucktail.
Unlike natural bucktail, every Faux Bucktail fiber is of premium length (6 inches / 152 mm), eliminating the need to sort and search for ideal length strands and having to discard short hairs and under fibers that are unusable.
Ease of use.
Each Faux Bucktail bundle of fibers is glued together at the base making it easy and convenient to work with. Simply peel off the full length of your desired amount of fibers, trim to desired length, and tie them in. All the fibers are already “pre-stacked,” but like natural bucktail a clump of fibers can be easily pulled and teased out to create a nice tapered tail, wing or body on your fly or lure.
Permanent color and sheen.
Faux Bucktail is available in 12 vibrant, consistent colors that will not bleed onto your hands while tying or fade from constant fishing. The fibers also have a semi-translucent sheen to them in the water which looks great!
Tough & durable.
Designed to hold up to the toothy rigors of big-game fishing (“bite-proof”), Faux Bucktail fibers bond with super glue or other adhesives better than natural fibers, which secures eyes, thread wraps and other materials firmly in place and increases the lifespan of your flies or lures.
Blends well with other materials.
One of the real strengths is that Faux Bucktail is that it blends and combines very well with both natural bucktail and other synthetic/non-synthetic fly tying materials. For example, it helps fly tyers to get more use out of their natural bucktails by providing an easy source of longer fibers that can be combined with the shorter fibers often not fully utilized on a natural bucktail.
Keep your flies light and easy to cast all day. No more waterlogged flies or lures.
Because the fibers are not hollow, Faux Bucktail is not as buoyant as natural bucktail and will sink down into the water column faster. This is usually an advantage.
Unlike natural bucktail, Faux Bucktail will make the fish you are targeting (and your spouse) much, much happier!
Faux Bucktail has a distinct performance advantage over other synthetic fibers on the market because it is tapered, enabling the fibers to move more naturally in the water like real animal fur. To explain, normal synthetic fibers are not tapered, which means the diameter of each fiber is exactly the same thickness from one end to the other. This creates a consistent stiffness along the full length of the fiber which does not allow the energy generated from the front of the fly or lure (as it moves through the water) to accelerate along the full length of the fiber to the back in the same way that a tapered fiber does. To illustrate this concept, think of how much easier it is to crack a whip than it is to crack a length of rope! In summary, a tapered fiber will give your fly or lure better action.