I like to be able to throw bendbacks whenever I can, but the buck-tail limits the size of the fly. You can only down so small before the fibers are too stiff and you get no action. If you use more flexible materials, they can wrap the hook, and you lose that weed-guard effect that buck-tail give you. Here is my compromise.
Size 4 Mustad 34011
Size “A” rod wrapping thread
0.20 lead wire
Glitter fingernail polish
White zonker strip (Use whatever color you want)
Kip tail (color to match zonker
Let me know what you think.