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.
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.
Dron Lee is an artist when it comes to putting string fur and feathers onto a hook, and his creations push traditional boundaries, balancing realism with practicality. Dron’s flies are always clean, precise and impressive. His take on the Zonker Streamer is no less innovative. A lot of thought is put into each streamer, mimicking the coloration of the natural prey species, adjusting the action of the fly and the look of the fly in the water are all aspects taken into consideration. To provide a smoother level swimming zonker, Dron adds weight off the bend of the hook with a bead and mono as well as at the head with bead chain eyes.
The body is built up section by section of multiple colors of rabbit fur clipped from zonked strips. This, mixed in with a little bit of UV Ice Dubbing, creates a realistic looking baitfish profile. The colors are adjusted depending on the species of bait fish being tied.
Hook: #4 Straight eye streamer
Thread: 6/0 match to body color
Tail: Zonker strip
Counterweight: Mono and brass bead
Eyes: Bead chain eyes
Body: Built with small clumps of rabbit fur clipped from zonked strips and pearl UV Ice dubbing
Add pattern with copic marker
Be sure to check out Dron’s website Fly Tying Nation and have e look at the rest of his great fly patterns.