Fish Skull Frantic Tails

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Fish Skull Frantic Tails

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Model:  ffc-ft-t-s
Bar Code:  670541163252
Brand:  Fish Skull


Fish Skull Frantic Tails

Frantic Tails™ have a realistic baitfish profile. These in golden chartreuse offer fly fishermen a simple and effective alternative to using hackle and other traditional tail materials. They are made of an almost indestructible synthetic suede that cannot be bitten off, will not shrink and are easily coloured with a permanent marker pen. Most importantly, they produce a frisky, fish-attracting tail action when fished!

The secret to the tails frantic movement is the unique design and method of attaching the tail to the hook. Instead of tying in the tail on one side of the hook like similar products, the Frantic Tail has a unique “flap” design that is used to create a “hinge” effect that positions the tail directly behind the hook shank in a balanced way. This hinge acts like a spring and generates movement from the tail with very little effort by the angler. In addition, the hinge provides a strong, stiff connection point for the tail which virtually eliminates any fouling.

Now available in a full range of sizes and colours, the newly expanded range of Frantic Tails™ can be combined with different natural and synthetic body materials to create a wide variety of flies.

Size Hook Size Suggested No Tails Per Pack
Large #1, 1/0, 2/0 6
Medium #4, #2, #1 8
Small #8, #6, #4 8

Step By Step Use Of Frantic Tails To Tie A Fly

Note this Step By Step includes a Fish Skull Batitfish Head which is purchased SEPERATELY

Attach the thread and cover the hook shank.

This is the starting position. This correct positioning is very important.

  1. The bottom ‘flap” of the tail must be in line with the back of the hook.
  2. The front tip of the tail must be level with the shank of the hook.
Fold the top flap of the tail over the top of the hook to the other side and tie in at the front.
Tie the flap securely in place. Note that the tail is still in the right starting position i.e. the bottom flap is in line with the back of the hook. Fold the bottom flap up and tie in at the front. Notice that the flap is parallel with the shank of the hook.

Wrap back to form a neat, tight cone

Now hold the materials tightly together and wrap back steadily towards the tail. Tie all the material in tightly as shown and form a neat cone shape using multiple wraps.

The thread must end in the position shown i.e. halfway between between the tip and the barb of the hook.

Make sure the flaps on both sides are straight and in line with the hook shank.

Glue each of the flaps

Put a small amount of super glue on the “flaps” and stick them down to the sides of the tail. Gently pinch and squeeze them together.

Tail is finished

Other side

The flaps are now securely glued down on both sides of the tail. The flaps are even and the same on both sides. They are parallel with the hook shank.

Step 2: Wrap the body

Use about a 2 3/4 to 3 inches (7 cm) strip of cross-cut rabbit zonker per fly. Try not to use more than this because too much may inhibit the natural movement of the rabbit fur in the water. In this case…”less is more”. The strip is about the same length as the fly from tip to tail.

The tips of the fur on the rabbit strip should only go back slightly past the flaps on the tail. First measure and position the tips, then tie in the zonker strip. It is important to do this because the length of the rabbit fur often varies between rabbit hides. Doing it this way ensures that the fly always has the right length and body proportions every time.

Put a little super glue on the hook shank. This just makes the fly more durable.

Wrap the rabbit strip forward with tight side-by-side wraps to form the body.

VERY IMPORTANT: Do Not overlap the wraps. Only use side-by-side wraps, otherwise the body will be too “fat” and too much material is used. You will only need about 3-4 wraps and about 2 3/4 to 3 inches (7cm) of rabbit strip.

Side-by-side wraps
Tie off the rabbit strip leaving a small gap behind the eye of the hook Tie a small thread head making sure you leave a small gap behind the eye of the hook for the Fish-Skull to be fitted.

The body is now complete.

Step 3: Attach the Fish-Skull (If using purchased separately)

Put a small amount of super glues on the thread head. (Top, bottom and sides) Fit the Fish-Skull Fit the Fish-Skull from the front over the eye of the hook and seat this firmly in position.
Re-attach some red tying thread between the Fish-Skull and the eye of the hook. Tie enough wraps to make a small “thread dam” in front of the Fish-Skull. This locks the fish-skull firmly in place. Tie off your thread and apply some head cement to the wraps.

Step 4: Stick on the 3D eyes

Turn the fly on its side and put a very small amount of super glue in the middle of the eye socket.

Finish Fly!


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