How To Tie Your Own Bucktail Jig for Snook, Redfish, & Trout [VIDEO]

By: Joseph Simonds on October 2, 2015
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Ever caught a nice fish on a lure you made by yourself?

There’s nothing more rewarding than landing a slob of a fish on a homemade lure.

Do you want to learn the simple steps to be able to tell your friends you caught a monster snook, redfish, or trout on a jig that you made yourself!

And this post will help you tie one of the most universal lures of all…

The Bucktail Jig.

Bucktails have been successfully used for years to catch an enormous variety of fish species.  The style you’ll learn in this post is focused specifically for snook, redfish, trout, and flounder.

Best of all, you’ll be shocked by how easy it is to tie your own bucktail jig!

And hopefully, you will be shocked at easy it is for you to catch a nice fish on your own custom bucktail like I was when I finally gave it a try years ago.

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 Bucktail Jig Materials

how to tie a bucktail jig

First, we need to talk about the materials you’ll need to tie your own bucktail jigs. Some are required while others are optional to put some added flair to your bucktail.

The video below will cover the entire list so you can see exactly how it all comes together.

Required bucktail jig materials

  • Jig head (pretty much any jig head can work, but I usually use a 1/4 to 3/8 oz DOA C.A.L red jig head… strong hooks with nice paint job and good eyes)
  • Bucktail hair (I get this at any fly shop or online)
  • Thread (in this video I use spare 10lb PowerPro braided line)
  • White fingernail polish (to paint the thread so it matches the white ducktail)

Optional bucktail jig materials

  • Fly tying Vice to hold the bucktail jig in place
  • Bobbin (for fly tying – helps you spin the thread around the jig)
  • Feathers – White Hen Neck Hackle
  • Silver Flashabou to give that bucktail some flair

How to Tie A Bucktail Jig [Video]

Tying a bucktail jig is not nearly as hard as most people think… and it sure is fun to try out different styles/sizes over time to see what works best for your particular area.

Check out this step-by-step video on how to tie a bucktail jig like a pro.

Conclusion

how to tie a bucktail jig

Learning how to tie a bucktail jig is just like learning how to tie your shoelaces… except you can catch fish with your bucktail…

At first, it might seem tough, but once you know the sequence and tried it a couple times, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep.

And I can assure you that once you catch your first snook, redfish, or trout on your own bucktail, you will be hooked (pun intended) like I was.

Any questions on tying this bucktail lure or any other lures?

Let me know in the comments.

Related Post: 7 Essential Saltwater Fishing Lures That Will Catch Fish Pretty Much Anywhere (see it here now)

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Jesse King

I think I have more than enough lures, hooks, ect. The reason I don’t catch anything on them is because I cant find the fish. Do you know any good spots for Snook, tarpon, and red fish that I can fish without a boat? I’m really desperate to get my hand on a decent fish for a change.

Max James
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Having some issues finding bucktail sand the feathers you show. Can you point me in the right direction.?

Jason Dean
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In the northeast, we will typically add an extra scent and action enticement to the bucktail jigs. They work for a multitude of game fish including fluke so I would imagine they would work equally well for southern inshore gamefish.

Squid strip, pork rind strips, Gulp curly tail grub, etc can be used for casting bucktail jigs. Last year I tried Otter lure tails and have found them to be the most resilient in terms of duration and multiple toothy attacks. They are actually difficult to get off the hook after use. Like the gulps, they can be re-scented and reused.

Allan Horton
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Great demo. I’ve made my own jigs before and you’re right – there’s nothing quite like catching a good red or snook on a jig you’ve made (I did mine at the kitchen table; my most important accessory was the vise. I really like the tip of using white nail polish; I used white airplane dope, but it’s too brittle and probably dries a lot slower. Also, many times it requires a touch-up between fishing trips.On Sarasota Bay near where I live in Florida, a yellow-dyed bucktail also can be really effective, particularly for spotted weakfish (trout), and particularly in the southern part of the bay in Sarasota County where I normally fish.

Luke Simonds
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Thanks for leaving the helpful comment Allan! Glad to see that you enjoy tying bucktails too for inshore fishing. Fish On!

Fred Brillo
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Ok great…now we know how to make one….. now tell us how to fish one!

Luke Simonds
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There are multiple ways to fish bucktail jigs, but I’ve done best with bouncing them along the bottom. Here’s a video showing the two twitch technique that I like best for fishing all types of jigs (example is for targeting flounder): https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/how-to-catch-flounder/

matt
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matt

What brand of vise are you using? Where did you get it and for how much?

Luke Simonds
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Thanks for showing interest in the vise. I’m sorry to report that I don’t even know what brand it is… just the cheapest one that I could find in a fly shop I was visiting when living in Upstate NY. I believe that it was around $20.
There are a ton of brands which has all sorts of bells and whistles, but I tie only for my personal use and don’t feel that the fancy extras are worth the cost… if it holds the hook/jig in place, then it’s good enough for me:)

Christopher Hobby
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I have a bucktail jig. Used it a couple of times been eyeballin’ it lately. Just never caught anything on it. Guess will bring it back out and tie it on and hope somethin’ happens. Looks like I will make one to. Thanks for video.

Luke Simonds
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Yes, a bucktail jig bounced along the bottom can catch a huge variety of fish… certainly worth giving it a shot.

Eddie Pope
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Can you tie them, where a paddle tail or fluke could be used with the buck-tail?

Luke Simonds
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Hey Eddie, great question! Although I have not tried tying specifically to add a paddle tail or fluke, it certainly is possible. The way I would tie it for a fluke is to skip the part where the feathers and flash are added further down the shank of the hook and just put the bucktail material (and maybe some flash) towards the top so there’s room to slide the soft plastic tail up toward the jig. Please let me know if you give it a shot… I’m curious to hear how you do with it.P.S. – The reason why I haven’t tied ducktail jigs for the soft plastic paddle tail or fluke is because I most often use soft plastics on either a hook or jig head and switch over the bucktails when junk fish tear up my soft plastics too quickly. The soft plastics behind the bucktail will certainly work, but it will require upkeep as you keep catch fish… I guess that’s a good problem to have though.Thanks for leaving your comment. We hope to hear from you again soon. 

nic
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nic

If I had to choose one lure to use, it would be the buck tail. Great video on how to recycle jig heads and braid into a new creation.

Luke Simonds
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Thanks for the nice comment, Nic! I completely agree with you about the importance of having a bucktail in your arsenal at all times. Hopefully this video helps at least one passionate inshore angler catch a good fish on personally created jig… I certainly was absolutely thrilled when I caught my first keeper snook with one that I tied!

Ira Cohen
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Great video Luke; what about upgrading hooks & split rings with better quality ones on hard lures? I read about it somewhere but don’t know if it’s worth it?

Luke Simonds
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Hey Ira, great question… my theory is that most of the time the hooks and rings that come with the lures are sufficient. The only time I ever change them is when I’m only targeting really big fish in heavy current (for me it was 40+ inch reds in Sebastian Inlet). Otherwise, I always use the standard hooks for inshore fishing.