There are a few different ways to tie a Double Bunny streamer and this method for the Baby Rainbow version has a few interesting aspects that I don’t normally take into consideration while tying my own. The shorter belly (gray zonker) is a clever modification that will ensure the fly retains much of its natural movement. One other small adjustment I would try is to tie the flash behind the brass eye as you tie down the zonker. I don’t think that having the flash tied in at the head will have a negative effect, but rather having it tied behind the eye will allow it to swim at a natural lateral line position.
Bull trout love smashing these big meaty streamers. Even in small pocket waters and shallow streamers, I’ve seen greedy bulls hit flies like this. If you are planning on an encounter with some bulls, this should be in consideration for inclusion in the fly arsenal.
Baby Rainbow streamer fly pattern recipe
Hook: #1-6 3xh 7xl streamer hook
Weight: 0.020 lead (25-30 wraps)
Thread: 140 denier UTC
Eyes: 5mm brass eyes
Belly: Rabbit zonker natural gray
Body: Rabbit zonker natural cream
Flash: Pink crystal flash
Youtube Channel: Mid-Life Flysis
Youtube Video: Baby Rainbow (aka) The Double Bunny
Finally a good use for those annoying Trolls I keep stepping on in the middle of the night. The Troll Fly is a sweet little baitfish pattern and as seen in the video, works great for redfish. For that matter, I would also be looking to throw this fly at pike and bass. If you don’t have any of the dolls at hand, a patch of craft fur will do great in its place.
Troll Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: #2-3/0 Saltwater hook
Thread: White 210 denier
Tail: Flash blend synthetic hair alternate colors white and grey
Body: Pearl Angel Hair
Wing: Blue Troll hair (Craft Fur)
Throat: Pearl crystal flash
Eye: 3d molded eyes (match to hook size)
Head: UV Resin
Youtube Channel : Catch Cam Nets
Video: Troll Fly
Ripple Ice Fiber is fast becoming a favorite material for seasoned fly tyers. The ripple in the flash removes some of the artificial looks that synthetic materials can have. This imparts a more natural look on the finished fly. Hans’ Ripple Ice Minnow is the perfect testing ground for the new flash.
Hans ties this pattern by tying a series of clumps onto the hook and trimming the fly to its final shape. The range of colors allows you to create a broad selection of baitfish.
This pattern is going to be a killer for bass and pike this summer. I can’t wait to get a few of these Ripple Ice Minnows tied up for the fly box.
Ripple Ice Minnow Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Arex Trout Predator #4 (superglue base)
Thread: GSP white
Flash: Pearl Ripple Ice Fiber
Tail: Barred rabbit zonker and wood duck barred marabou
Gills: Red Polar reflector flash
Belly: Pearl Ripple Ice Fiber
Back: Copper Ripple Ice Fiber
Eye: Fire Living Eyes
Youtube Channel: Dakota Angler & Outfitter
Youtube Video: Ripple Ice Minnow