What do you think of tying a bunny strip...

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Jason Shutt, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Jason Shutt Dues past due

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    across the joint on an articulated streamer?

    My novice thinking says it would be an efficient use of time and materials (read: add a dash of lazy). But at the same time I suspect it would impact the fly's motion enough to render the technique useless. Make sure to leave enough slack?

    I had the idea today while on a ferry going away from my vice. In fact, I'm at least 30 hours away from my vice and dying to get back to it.
  2. Philster New Member

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  3. Irafly Active Member

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    Use your bathtub or sink and test both ways out.

  4. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    That funny, I was wondering the same exact thing yesterday.
  5. jessejames Flyslinger

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    what do you mean across the joint? I tie many of my bunny strip and pine squirrel strip flies to the rear hook first and then tie the rear/stinger to the front hook or shank. I then bring the strip from the stinger across the fire line and then tie it onto the front hook, then depending on the fly I will leave it loose on the rear of the hook and after tying on the body bring the same strip up and tie to the front of the front hook. Good example is the Sculpzilla. Check it out.
  6. JRSly Oncorhynchus clarki clarki

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    I'm with Jesse on this one, I don't exactly understand what you mean. A lot of my articulated bunny patterns I'll tie the strip onto the stringer hook. It might take a little away from the action, but it helps with short strikes especially if you have a heavy hook on that sinks away from the leather, or a super long zonker tail coming off that has a mind of it's own (I often fish 4"-5" articulated bunny patterns for large bows and bulls). So I often tie them both ways, and I've been known to poke the stinger through the leather if I get short strikes on a pattern without the stinger attached. Maybe I just don't understand what you mean? If I did understand you correctly, try it both ways, I feel they both have a purpose.

    Also, you don't take a vice with you on your travels? Weird! I almost always have a vice with some tying materials with me everywhere I go. Even when I'm at work it's just right out in my car, waiting for my lunch break.

  7. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Jason, you mean wrappping it forward as opposed to tying it off at the eye of the rear hook then restarting at the bend of the front hook/shank? Might reduce the movement a bit, but more movement than a long straight shank would have. If you do mean a straight strip, unwrapped, nothing wrong with tying it in both front and back, unless you hope to change hooks out when dulled/broken.
  8. JRSly Oncorhynchus clarki clarki

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    Isn't that just a MOAL leech then?
  9. Blue Active Member

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    I am not sure what you are asking. I take a scud hook and attach heavy mono to it with a Surgeons Loop. I then thread the mono through a Zonker strip. I then attach the mono, then the bunny to a lead hook:

  10. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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  11. Bighorn Flies Member

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    This is a pattern I developed called the Candyman, and it moves great in the water. Is this what your talking about?