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THE BUNNY FLY
Tie in a few strands of Polarflash on top of the rabbit
fur strip tail. Then tie in a long strip of rabbit fur at the tail. Wrap this strip forward
in nesting turns (side-by-side; not overlapping) to form a hair collar. Stroke the rabbit
fur towards the rear of the fly after each turn - it doesn't hurt to moisten your fingers
slightly with a bit of water as you do this. I like to keep a small cup of water near the vise
anytime I'm tying with rabbit fur. If the fur gets out of hand, a little water can help but be
careful not to overdue it, or the fur will tangle.
Continue to wrap the strip all of the way to the hook eye.
Tie off the fur strip, then lash the trimmed end down neatly and form a small thread head.
Whip finish the thread and trim.
Create a small head using the Pearl color E-Z Shape Sparkle Body.
You can also lacquer the head using any traditional head cement.
The finished fly. I've added an eyeform to each
side of the head using the Pure Fluorescent Yellow and Pure Black colors of E-Z Shape Sparkle Body, but the fly
works well even without the eyes.
NOTES ON USING E-Z SHAPE SPARKLE BODY:
Squeeze the bottle slowly to apply the E-Z Shape Sparkle Body. Give the
bottle a few shakes now and then during application. Since the Sparkle
Body will shrink a little as it cures, coat your fly a little thicker than
you think you need to. A bodkin will help to distribute the material once
it is on the hook, and a rotary vise helps in working with this product. Keep the bottle capped when not in use! This product
will not harden in the bottle, but if you leave it uncapped too long, the
tip may clog. If it does, simply grasp the tip with your fingers, or a
pair of pliers, and pull it from the bottle. Push out any clog that has
formed from the inside with a fly tying bodkin. Replace the tip, and you're back in
business. Clean up E-Z Shape Sparkle Body with water while it is still wet.
Once it's dry, it's permanent. Be careful! This is a non-toxic product,
but once it has cured, E-Z Shape Sparkle Body may be stuck for good to your
vise, bench, or your spouse's new dining room table!
This big bass ate a bunny fly at Menemsha, Massachusetts. Photo: Glen Mikkleson
NOTES ON FISHING THE BUNNY FLY
Use this fly whenever gamefish are triggered into striking by prey movements. Small herring that
wiggle enticingly, squid which dart quickly, and other prey that make dramatic movements in the
water are imitated well by bunny flies. The fly fishes best when it has absorbed water - this
only takes a minute or two, but the fly should be well soaked before you show it to an important
fish. Once well-soaked, the fly presents a beautiful three-dimensional silouette in the
water. Don't be surprised if fish grab the fly on the pause between strips during the retrieve...
rabbit fur has so much movement in the water that it continues to move even when the
angler is not manipulating the fly.
Tight Lines, and good fishing.
Find the materials you'll need to tie this and lots of other saltwater flies in our
Saltwater Fly Tying Materials Catalog.
Remember to print out this page to take with you to your vise.
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