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
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Youtube Video: Baby Rainbow (aka) The Double Bunny
Two weekends ago, I spent the weekend tying flies in the Flyangler.ca and flyfishcalgary.com booth at the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition. I had a pile of rabbit and some streamer hooks, donated by Superfly, so myself and a few other tyers whipped off a large box of flies to give away. (I’ll post this bit somewhere down the road) Anyhow, To fill this huge box, we opted to tie a few “larger” flies and so put the rabbit to good use. Here is the rough idea I used for a good portion of the flies I tied. it just so happens that the good folks at Double Fisted use the same pattern. I’m thinking bull trout or pike for the first shot. 🙂
Pattern From the Bunny Ranch – Click for the recipe
It all started with Zonkers. It’s a great stand up fly and perfect for hunting pike, bass, musky, bulls, browns and really anything that likes meat. Then someone added a second layer and called it a Double Bunny. Cool, now we had 2 tone streamers if we wanted, and lots of action in the water. The thing of it is though, casting these flies is like casting a sweat sock in the wind.
So, when I seen the Triple Bunny and the Quadruple Bunny I had to stop and think about it. If casting the doubles is like casting a sweat sock, these must be like a pair of sweat pants. really, the patterns are pretty sweet looking, and I can see the potential in them, but where will it end. Quintuple, Sextuple, Dodecatuple Bunnies?
The Triple Bunny -Brent Piche
The Quad – Brent Piche
So, I suggested bigger flies. Really, someone needs to set some precedences here with flies over 3 feet long. Some day in the near future you will see a Hundred Bunny. I’m sure in my lifetime I’ll see it. With some creative use of Waddington shanks and mono it will be done.
We’re one step closer here. The “SUCKA FEESH” is one scary looking