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Quentin 03-08-2006 10:15 PM

Slim Bunny
 
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Here's an experiment that seems to have potential. I guess it's a variation of a double bunny, trimmed to have a profile similar to some successful non-ff lures :D

hook: 3/0 bass bug
tail: 1/8" rabbit glued back-to-back, trimmed
body: 1/8" cross-cut rabbit, palmered, trimmed
weed guards: 20# mono

This tail is about 4" long, with one half longer than the other for more taper and flexibility. Total length is 5-1/2". It looks pretty good in the sink test -- it moves even when standing still :cool: . I might epoxy the head to give it more momentum in the water.

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flyjkol 03-08-2006 11:09 PM

Nice tie!

I've been trying to no avail to imitate soft plastic stick baits as well, but the best I came up was a simple srip of furry foam on a hook.
It acted kinda like one... but it was also about as durable as one:roll:

But great fly Quentin, I'll have to give it a try.....

Dble Haul 03-09-2006 09:03 AM

Q-

Are you hoping that the weed guard will also prevent fouling of the tail around the hook bend?

Wee Hooker 03-09-2006 11:51 AM

FWIW, I tied a similar experiment but used a 3" section of 80# mono glued inbetween the strips to keep it from wrapping. Food for thought.

p.s. Mine worked "Ok" but cast like a idaho potato :D

Quentin 03-09-2006 07:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wee Hooker
FWIW, I tied a similar experiment but used a 3" section of 80# mono glued inbetween the strips to keep it from wrapping. Food for thought.

p.s. Mine worked "Ok" but cast like a idaho potato :D

:chuckle: I know what you mean :hihi: . I'm hoping that the trimmed fur and non-weighted shank will make it easier to cast.

I don't think I'll have a problem with the tail fouling on this fly. It's actually a little stiffer than I thought it would be. The skin is quite thick on these strips, and I glued them together with Soft Body, which helps reduce flexibility. It does "hinge" a little where it is tied on, but if that causes problems it's an easy fix. With thinner skins it might be necessary to do something to prevent fouling. The mono line sandwich would probably work, or just using a heavier layer of Soft Body might do the trick.

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striperstripper 03-09-2006 09:56 PM

I've tied some very long eel flies using 12" olive rabbit strips glued together with the heavy mono sandwiched in between.After they are retrieved ,they are like a soaken dish towel,though it can be a pain in the a$$,I ring them out and squeeze the water out of them between each cast.The action of these flies and the success I've had with them make up for the slight inconvience.:chuckle: :hihi:

Sandman Caranx 03-09-2006 10:37 PM

What will go wrong if you do not glue the strips to each other ?

teflon_jones 03-10-2006 07:57 AM

Looks like a pretty decent worm fly. If you don't glue the strips together Sandman they can tend to get fouled on the hook a lot. Plus it gives it different action.

Dble Haul 03-10-2006 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by teflon_jones
If you don't glue the strips together Sandman they can tend to get fouled on the hook a lot.

Not if you use an appropriate foul guard....

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