Fly Tying a Reverse Bucktail Fly


This video came about from several requests for me to tie the reverse bucktail fly after several videos over the past couple of months. Like any fly… this is a fly that continues to change and morph into what it currently is today and I am sure that there will be future changes as well.

I like this fly for a few reasons; first it is very lifelike in the water and can be fished at many levels depending on the line used with the fly. Currently we are in mid-summer and the water levels are low. The bucktail fly allows me to make long casts into a pool and treat the fly as if it were almost a top water fly and a top water presentation. With the weighted line you can also make upstream casts and allow the fly to swim downstream past ambush points…this technique has proved very effective and the takes have been jolting.

As I said in the video, I like white. I like the visual response I get from white…but also feel like it is the closest color to many of the baitfish that are in the locals waters. The shape of the fly allows for water to be pushed and displaced…while at the same time allowing the tail of the fly to be quite active. I am sure that you can find other color combos that will be good for your neck of the woods.

I have thrown on three additional pieces of video whereby I am fishing the reverse bucktail fly. I do so with the idea of giving you an idea of when and how to best use this fly…although I think the possibilities are quite limitless. I have concentrated mostly on smallmouth but I am sure that this fly will also do well for largemouth, crappie, pike, musky, etc….

If you have any questions you can contact me via this website and I will try and get back to you as soon as I can.


    • James L Berry
    • December 21, 2017

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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