Years ago, my cat Mags, got under my feet and I ended up stepping on the hair of his tail. A big chunk of hair was left behind, pretty much even tipped, and so I figured I would put it to good use. I decided to tie the cat hair into a Clouser pattern and this was the result. Fox is a good substitute for the cat hair, besides, it might be too noticeable to have the cat walking around with a bald tail.
I put the fly in my fly box and a couple months later found myself fishing in a northern Alberta lake. I decided to try the fly and trolled it behind our boat. I was soon tangled up with one of my largest pike on the fly.
Mags’ Clouser Minnow Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad R75-79580 #4-8
Thread: Rusty Dun 6/0 (140d)
Barbell: 4.0mm brass
Tail: Cream fox body
Body: Pearl Flashabou or Mirage
Flash: Pearl crystal flash
Wing: Red fox body
Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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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