I just tied up some "bent back" Pike/Muskie flies yesterday. On a 2/0 saltwater hook when I dunk tested them, the hook road up like it should with no weight added.
I did mine flash tail style about 5 " long. Also did some sz. 2 for Walleys in the weeds.
Question How do you guys get those "stick on" eyes to........stick, on the bucktail collar rather than thread head neatly ? I still paint mine because I have not had good luck with the stick ons.