The new Rabbit Cutthroat Squimp SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by Mark Mercer, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. I needed to tie a few more for the box, so I thought I'd try a SBS. I found some awesome looking rabbit strips (Wholesale Sports) and knew it would be the perfect color for the Cutthroat Squimp.... so far it's been great and has even better action than the marabou version, kind of a mini "general practitioner" hope you like it. DSCN2048.JPG

    Rabbit Cutthroat Squimp
    Hook- #6 or #8 your favorite saltwater hook
    Thread- 6/0 uni pink
    Tail- Natures Spirit "Shrimp Pink" zonker strips and K/F, angle hair or anything sparkly (very sparse)
    Eye's- GP tippets
    Body- Lite Brite polar pearl dubbing (or anything you want) and rabbit in a dubbing loop
    Carapace- GP breast feathers

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    I tie them with and without weight.
    Be sure to leave a little bit of hide extending past the the bend of the hook, as this will help keep the tail from wrapping around the hook when casting, a problem with the marabou version.


    Here I've added the GP tippets on both sides, if they split it's OK, it still gives the fly that shrimp look.
    Also I've added two K/F strands and some lite brite pink (very sparse)

    I formed a dubbing loop then dubbed the body with the lite brite pearl, but you can use anything, most of its covered by the rabbit.
    Then cut some rabbit off the hide and slip in the loop, spin and wrap forward in a open spiral, you don't want it to thick.


    Sorry, bad picture but you get the idea.
    Next slap a GP breast feather on top for a carapace, if you want, I think they look cool and I have a few GP skins lying around.

    Here's one with a bead head and the Zonker strips I used.
    Have fun with it and hit the beach, they've become my favorite saltwater fly, they really do work!
  2. Very nice Mark, I like the Dubbing loop rabbit, great idea brother. Color is perfect, you're right.
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  3. Yes I do like. Good stuff Mark.

    Hans W
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  4. Mark! Thank you for this update and sbs! I loved the original version but this looks awesome! Love the look and the methodology!
    Good stuff!
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  5. Thanks guy's, I've only been fishing it for a couple of weeks so I can't say too much, but the color looks more subtle and realistic in the water then the brighter marabou. I don't think it will totally replace the original but I think it will be better when the cutt's or rezzies are in one of there pickier moods.
  6. Beauty Mark
    as always
    best thing about this fly is it works!
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  7. Hey thanks Kelvin, you know what it's like....never leave anything alone, you've got to just keep messing with it. I think it's called "better mouse trap syndrome"!

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