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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-13-2020, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Bunny Swimmer SBS (steps 1-3)

Full disclaimer, this pattern seems to be constantly evolving for me! Good chance it will look different in the future 😎

Steps 1-3:

1. 3mm glitter tube with 1.8mm liner......all ‘tough’ tubing or what the Scandis refer to as ‘soft’ tubing. Much more durable!

2. Secure together with thread (I cut a very steep angle on the outer tube) and build a thread dam for 6mm bead

3. Secure 6mm brass bead on and switch thread to Nano-silk 50D
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4. Add krystal flash

5. Add nutria, spread over top half

6. Brush glue on to thread to secure Nutria down and tighten up right against bead. Notice the almost 90deg flare
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7. Bunny strip time!

•cut a triangle taper in the strip (fat in front and skinny towards back like a wing should be)
~this provides exceptional movement and causes the pattern to ride true in the water

•cut a small slit in the front

•wrap the front over the tube straight down.
~this gives more contact with the rabbit strip and thread and allows you to pull back some hare to give a nice profile 👍
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8. Add flash

9. Add Schlappen to cover tie in point

10. Add marabou
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11. Add your favorite cone or disc

12. Tie some up and hit the river!! 😎
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very nice!! Thanks for that detailed description
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Love it thank you for sharing!
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very nice!! Thanks for that detailed description
My pleasure!! You can sub whatever materials you like in all honesty, I would say the key to this pattern is some sort of weight on the tube and the Zonker prep. But that is just my opinion!
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Look at you Alex !!
When you first joined the Speypages you didn't tie flies or tubes or anything.
Now you're doing step by steps ... pretty cool


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Bunnies...

Great pattern and a very helpful SBS...
reminds me of the way Jerry Drakes used materials in his "Funny Bunny" series of bait fish imitations 15 years ago. Same method for shaping the rabbit strip bodies; gives great motion against the current. Those were very sucessful flies here in the Great Lakes... Looks like maybe you use Heritage Angling Products in your tube flies...?

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cool tutorial

Thanks for the step by step!


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Look at you Alex !!
When you first joined the Speypages you didn't tie flies or tubes or anything.
Now you're doing step by steps ... pretty cool <img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />


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Thanks buddy! You know though, without a community of like minded fisherman who generously answer questions and help others out, it just wouldn’t be possible. I’m extremely indebted to many, and a particular few as well who would answer questions and help out. The very least I could do is show how I tie something when someone is interested.

Thanks again for the kind words,

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Great pattern and a very helpful SBS...
reminds me of the way Jerry Drakes used materials in his "Funny Bunny" series of bait fish imitations 15 years ago. Same method for shaping the rabbit strip bodies; gives great motion against the current. Those were very sucessful flies here in the Great Lakes... Looks like maybe you use Heritage Angling Products in your tube flies...?

Thanks for posting,
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Hey Tom, I’m not actually familiar with Heritage Angling Products very much. Most of my material (Tubing, beads, cones, hair & fur) comes from Skeena River Fly Supply, Future Fly, and a friend in Europe who has access to wonderful materials.
For the bunny strip, it’s preparation and tie in style, I think I learned those ideas from Japp Kalkman. It’s truly amazing the difference it makes!!
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Thank you Alex,

I've been taking a tying respite but since you have went to the trouble to lay out all your steps I'll get off my butt and tie a couple. I believe that if you haven't already used that with success you will discover it will catch steelhead and probably your silvers too.

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Thank you Alex,

I've been taking a tying respite but since you have went to the trouble to lay out all your steps I'll get off my butt and tie a couple. I believe that if you haven't already used that with success you will discover it will catch steelhead and probably your silvers too.

Nicely done,

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Thanks Ard! Let me know what you come up with and how it works!

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Great looking Tube! And, thanks for SBS's. I will have a few of those in my box shortly!

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