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The Double Bunny Streamer Recipe & Tying Sequences

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By Dennis P. Collier

Double Bunny Recipe:

Hook: Size 4, TMC 9395 or Daiichi 1750, 4X long
Thread: Yellow UTC 50 Gel-spun
Eyes: 3/16"Gold Dazl-eyes
Body: Pearl Flat Diamond Braid
Rib: White, size "Small" UTC wire
Belly: White rabbit Zonker strip
Wing: Olive rabbit Zonker strip (or color of choice)
Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash
Collar: Olive rabbit Zonker strip, spun in dubbing loop
  • Step 1:

    Lash a set of 3/16" Dazl-eyes to the top of the hook shank, approximately one "eyeball" width behind the eye. Put a drop of super glue on the wraps to secure the eyes and prevent them from rolling on the shank. Tie in a strand of wire and stop the thread right above the hook point. Tying the eyes on top of the hook shank will counterbalance the fly and make it ride hook-point up; allowing the fly to bounce along bottom structure with minimal likelihood of snagging.

  • Step 2:

    Advance the thread back to a point right behind the eyes and tie in a strand of Pearl Flat Diamond Braid. Wrap the braid to the wire and back forward to the eyes. Clip off the remaining braid.


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  • Step 3:

    Place the white rabbit strip on top of the hook shank right behind the eyes and secure with a few tight thread wraps. Make sure the grain of the hair is facing the rear of the hook.

  • Step 4:

    Moisten your index finger and thumb and stroke the rabbit fur in an upward motion – just like that Mohawk hair-do on the neighbor’s kid. Separate the hair right above the wire and take two tight wraps of wire over the Zonker strip.

  • Step 5:

    Holding the wire with one hand, un-wrap the thread which is holding the front portion of the Zonker strip. Lift the Zonker strip and take one tight wrap of the wire right in front of the wraps that secure the strip to the body. Palmer the wire to the front of the body, tie-off and trim.

  • Step 6:

    Pull the Zonker strip back forward and re-tie right behind the eyes.


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  • Step 7:

    Remove the hook from the vise and re-clamp in the inverted position.


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  • Step 8:

    Take a strip of olive Zonker strip (or color of choice), and with the grain of the hair pointing toward the rear, punch a small hole in the middle of the strip approximately one inch from the end. Slip the Zonker strip onto the hook point and remove the hook from the vise. Pull the strip down and around the hook bend, snugging the strip up against the back of the body.

  • Step 9:

    Re-insert the hook in the vise and gently pull the olive Zonker strip forward toward the eyes. Secure with several tight thread wraps.


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  • Step 10:

    Double four strands of Pearl Krystal Flash around the thread and pull them into the far side of the hook shank. Secure with a few thread wraps. Repeat the process on the near side of the hook.

  • Step 11:

    Using a #3 or #4 Boston Clip (available at most office supply stores) slide the clamps over some rabbit fur attached to the Zonker strip. Moistening your forefinger and thumb and creating the Mohawk hair-do will facilitate this step.

  • Step 12:

    Trim the fur off the strip as close to the base as possible. You have now securely clamped the fur that will be placed into a dubbing loop in your hi-tech tying tool. Open the clamps just enough to evenly align the base of the fur.

  • Step 13:

    Coat your dubbing loop with a good application of dubbing wax and insert the base of the bunny hair into the loop. Pull the loop closed and release the hair from the clamp. Keep the hair about an inch away from the fly end of the loop so that when it is spun, the hair won’t grab and pull the Krystal Flash into the spinning fur.

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  • Step 14:

    Trim the fur off the strip as close to the base as possible. You have now securely clamped the fur that will be placed into a dubbing loop in your hi-tech tying tool. Open the clamps just enough to evenly align the base of the fur.


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  • Step 15:

    Pull a small amount of bunny hair from the Zonker strip and make a fine diameter dubbing noodle about two inches long. Take a few wraps of the dubbing noodle behind the eyes, pushing the collar back. Use the rest of the dubbing noodle to make figure-eight wraps around and in front of the eyes. Whip finish and add a drop of head cement. Use a dubbing brush to preen the rabbit fur toward the rear of the fly. Gone fishin!


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