I've always had one or two bendback style flies in my fly boxes but rarely used them over a clouser, deceiver, or conventional bucktail patterns... The past couple weeks I've been using large bendback style bucktail streamers up in the stumps, trees, bushes, and other flooded backwaters for Pike and Bass...
I am amazed how weedless and snag proof these flies are given they don't have specific weed guards... The power of an upturned hook and a well balanced fly... The are also easy to cast on windy days when a weeless deer hair diver/slider can't be casted...
Not sure who invented these designs but its a good one! I think the bucktail bendbacks w/ rattle bodies are gonna get a lot of good use in a couple weeks in Cape Canaveral for Redfish, Snook, Jacks, and whatever else we can target.
I once knew a drug addict... He told me I have a fishing problem!