There is a school of thought that says that a bucktail
with a little flash has a better chance of attracting the attention of a
Muskie or a Northern.
there have been bucktails being offered that have that bit of flash already
As you can see from the picture shown here, a twister
tail added to a single hook in-line bucktail makes an interesting presentation
for that hesitant Muskie. Sometimes this addition is referred to as a teaser
The bucktails pictured here are the Reactor from
Brooktail lures. They come standard with a # 10 Colorado blade and a 7"
grub. They do not have a treble but come fitted with a single #8 Mustad hook.
You can get the Reactor at Jackson
Lures for about $9.00.
This works well for single hook bucktails, but what
about your treble bucktails.
Well, there is an ingenious little solution that you can
use if you are feeling creative.
taking a soft plastic grub or twister tail and inserting a piece of wire, as
shown here at the left, you can attach some flash to any bucktail.
The key to this is the little "R" bend at the
end of the wire. It will allow you to clip the grub onto any hook...even a
treble...without effecting the action of the bucktail.
You can add some flash to your bucktail by attaching
a small spinner to the wire clip rather than a grub. You must be
careful, however, to ensure that the wire is long enough to prevent the
spinner from getting tangled in the hair of the bucktail.
This tip comes from John
Myhre, a Hayward area guide and Moose Lake resort owner.
also has a pre-made clip in their catalog.
Make a couple of these little clips and try them out on
your favorite bucktail or that bucktail in your tackle box that you don't use
because you don't have good confidence in the lure. This can also work with
surface lures, but you may seriously effect the action of the surface lure...experimenting
puts the fun back in the angling process.