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April 28, 2011 / flogginwater

Video Tie – The Olive Bunny Bugger

This is my first fly tying video. I made this at the request of a member of iFish.net. Next time I’m going to figure out a way to get the camera stationary so I can use both hands. Not bad for my first go at things though. Having both hands would’ve made this a cleaner, easier tie…

This fly is becoming a favorite of mine pretty quickly. It’s a neat take on the Bugger type fly.

For the “hackle” on this one, I take a standard cross-cut zonker strip, and slice it in half length-wise, so that you wind up with a strip that is about a millimeter, or two wide, tied in upside down, and counter-wound onto the hook so that the rabbit fur points toward the bend of the hook.

The under body is made of dubbed fur that comes off the zonker strips when cutting them to size.

This really is a simple fly, and once you get the hang of it, it takes no more time to tie up than a typical Woolly Bugger. You can get crazy with color combinations – and tied on appropriate sized hooks – should take anything from saltwater fish to bluegill. Tie in subdued, natural colors, or bright, shiny colors.

I sometimes add in a few turns of lead wire just ahead of the bend of the hook, to make the fly sink more level, or use thicker, heavier wire so that it sinks tail-first.

Give it a go and see what you catch.

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