The Copper Bunny streamer looks like a promising pattern for fishing trout rivers and pike lakes. This meaty streamer will ride hook up and the weighted eyes and body will help the fly descend to the feeding depths in short order. The pattern should be easy enough to switch up the colors to create a range of lures for different situations. White, olives, all black, and combinations should cover the bases.
Copper Bunny Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe
Thread: GSP 100 Veevus – Black
Hook: Firehole Stick 839 – size 4
Weight: .025 Lead or Lead-Free Wire
Eyes: Large Double Pupil Brass Eyes
Tail: Magnum Bunny Strip – Black
Under Tail: Ripple Ice Fiber – Orange
Body: Senyo’s Fusion Dub – Crusty Nail/Flame
Legs: Sili Legs Crome – Copper/Black
Youtube: Bozeman Creative
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
I ran across Reece’s Masked Bandit streamer, thinairangler.com and Bob Reece’s other fly patterns via an article on fly tying efficiency posted on Gink & Gasoline. Bob, a commercial fly tyer and guide has some great looking patterns and also produces fly pattern kits for for a number of his signature fly patterns. The kits are well packaged and include the materials need to tie 3 flies. It is a good way to get a pattern without needing to spend a bundle on the needed materials.
The Reece’s Masked Bandit uses a new Hardline product called Ripple Ice Flash, a fiber that combines flash and kink. The material is versatile and has a number of useful applications and a wide range of colours to choose from. The fly is tied on a short shank Gamakatsu Octopus hook, so much of the material extends out past the hook. This makes it a good candidate for aggressive striking fish. I might want to also try out this pattern tied on a short 25mm shank with a trailer hook in case you find the fly is getting short strikes.
Reece’s Masked Bandit fly pattern recipe
Hook: Gamakatsu octopus #4
Thread: 6/0 matched to zonker
Flash: Ripple Ice Fiber (Hareline)
Tail: Pine squirrel zonker
Collar: Pine squirrel zonker
Head: Flymen Fish Mask w/ Living Eyes – Earth
Youtube Channel: Bob Reece
Youtube Video: Reece’s Masked Bandit fly pattern