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THE BUNNY FLY
Photographs And Instructions By Chris Windram
Welcome to the seventh edition of the SaltwaterFlies.Com Fly Tying
Theatre! In these pages we hope to bring you tying instructions for some
of our favorite saltwater flies. Here are my instructions for making the
Hook: Mustad 34007; #2.
Thread: Danville Flymaster; White.
Tail: White rabbit strip over white bucktail.
Flash: Polarflash; Pearl or Silver color (or pearl Flashabou).
Body: White rabbit fur strip wrapped as a hair collar.
Head: E-Z Shape Sparkle Body; Pearl.
Eyes: E-Z Shape Sparkle Body; Pure Fluorescent Yellow and Pure Black.
Color Variations: Chartreuse, Black, Red/White, Red/Yellow, Red/Black.
Firmly fasten the hook in the vise.
Tie in sparse clump of white bucktail. The bucktail that extends behind the hook
should be approx 1 1/2" long for this size fly. The butt ends of bucktail should extend only
to the center of the hook shank. Lash the butt ends down neatly.
Tie in a loop of heavy monofilament on top of the bucktail.
This will help keep the rabbit strip tail from fouling during the cast.
Here's a detail (top view) of a monofilament loop tied in without
the bucktail for clarification. You may wish to omit the bucktail altogether - this is
perfectly acceptable, but the fly looks nicer from a strictly aesthetic point of view
with both the bucktail and the mono loop. I use Mason hard monofilament: 20# test.
Cut off a two-and-a-half inch long piece of rabbit fur strip to use as a tail.
Here I've trimmed the end of the strip on a 45 degree angle. This will ensure that the
tail tapers neatly during fishing. Be careful to cut only the leather strip when trimming the end of
the tail - it's easy to cut the hair as well, but I like to avoid doing so if possible.
Tie the fur strip in on top of the bucktail and mono
loop. Be sure that you lash the butt end of the fur strip down neatly, and make sure that
the butt end of the tail strip extends no farther than the center of the hook shank.
Remember to print out this page to take with you to your vise.
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