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mini Tube-Bunnies

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With the warm fall, Judy and I have been fishing for Smallmouth Bass and I have been using this time to improve in a couple of areas – spey casting and developing my preferences (or not) for tube flies.

I have been using a Meiser 12’6″ 4wt Scandi and found my larger tube bunnies too heavy when wet, so I just created a fast set of small (mini) tube bunnies. Key attributes:

  • Colour Pattern to represent Smallmouth Bass or Brown Trout.
  • The fly from head to end of tail is less than 2″ (5.1cm).
  • To get the Amherst tail to flair, apply full (thick) dubbing for the underbelly. The top red metal head fly at the top has no dubbing on the belly and the accents Amherst are slim and along the length of the tube, but the flies in front have the dubbing and the Amherst flairs out. I prefer the latter.
  • To get the head tight in …. a scalpel is your best friend. When you secure the front of rabbit to the tube, bind tightly with 5 overlapping flat wraps of thread. Trim off the rabbit with a surgical scalpel right beside thread wraps.

mbunnies IMG_1972

The recipe is simple:

  • Protube – your choice of colour.
  • Start thread at the tube junction – small to large – and create a smooth transition, and then cement.
  • Tie in rabbit hanging back – 70% hanging back – on the larger section of the tube. Wetting head will make passing thread over easier.
  • Use a “thick” dub for the under belly.
  • Pull rabbit over to the head, secure with 5 wraps and trim tightly with a scalpel.
  • Add in Amherst tail around the tube, then knot, tie off.
  • Add head of choice.

tube IMG_1977

Last, my Nikon is in for repair and using my old Canon G11 and the difference in sharpness is very noticale to my eyes.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2015/09/22 at 22:53

Posted in Fly-Tying, Streamer

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