I have a question about the way you tie on the rabbit strip. I guess I don't understand the part about piercing the strip and putting the hook through. Is the "body" portion tied with the skin against the top of the shank (opposite the bend) or bottom of the shank (same side as the bend)? If it's on the bottom, then I see why you need to pierce the strip. But it looks like it's along the top so I'm a little confused.
BTW, does this fly swim with the hook inverted?