This article is for those of you who have
mastered the task of re-shafting your bucktails.
As anyone who has caught a Musky using a
bucktail knows, the likelihood is high that the bucktail will be deformed
during the battle. Saving your favorite bucktail by re-shafting it is not
hard. The step-by-step process for re-shafting a bucktail is covered in
an article on this website called
"Anatomy Of A Bucktail".
This article provides you with a
configuration option for adding a twister tail to your bucktail during the
re-shafting process. If you are using a single hook configuration for your
bucktail, this article may provide no benefit for you, however, if you use a
treble hook configuration, this article will provide some 'food for
The process shown here depicts the
configuration of a bucktail without the clevis and blade. The process is the
same for adding the twister tail to a complete bucktail.
you will need to get some solid stainless steel .051 wire. For a complete
bucktail you should use a 12 inch piece of wire...for this configuration, I
have used a 9 inch piece of wire. I have closed a loop at one end and added
a split ring and a treble hook, shown here along with the twister tail and
the bucktail tied to a lure body tube.
With that done, slide the
bucktail onto the wire shaft as shown here.
The last step is to close the loop at the top
of the bucktail/twister assembly as shown below.
This assembly can now used to replace the
bucktail portion of a bucktail like the Mepps Musky Killer.
I made this bucktail assembly to be used with
the surface lure shown below.
Regardless of how you decide to use this type
of assembly, this bucktail configuration can provide you with a very
flexible mechanism to give your lures that little bit of extra flash that
might just attract our Musky friend.