This is a fly I have been using for a while now and is one of my "go to" flys when I first visit a water. I call it the firework bunny as it uses rabbit strip and Deer Creek firework braid. It can be dressed in many different colours and sizes and has a fantastic action when retrieved.
The hook is a new pattern I am testing, it is similar in style to the Varivas 2600V and is certainly strong and sharp! I am positive this hook will be a huge success with the Pike fly tyers so keep posted for more news on price and availability.
I want to talk a little about the UV resin I am using. This is Deer Creek's UV resin kit and unlike a lot of other resins this dries absolutely tack free in about 5 seconds! I used Bug Bond for a while but found the quality of the resin was not as good as the Diamond hard. For example, the adhesion properties of BB are not as good as DH, BB does not cure as quick as DH and if you drop some marabou or CDC onto cured BB it will stick to it where nothing sticks to cured DH!
I will do a side by side compariosn of the 2 resins as soon as I can
Materials used are as follows.
Thread. Danvilles flymaster plus
Hook. Size 2/0
Olive rabbit strip.
Deer Creek firework braid
Deer Creek diamond hard UV resin kit (awesome)
Eyes. 6mm pearl mirage eyes
The new hook I am trying. Similar pattern to Varivas 2600V .
Run a bead of UV resin under the bunny strip where it meets the hook and cure it. This helps to kick out the strip and prevent tangles.
Advance your thread about 3mm and tie in some marabou all the way round the hook
Advance your thread again and tie in a bunch of bucktail spreading it evenly all around the hook. Carry on to the eye of the hook with the thread then wrap back to the bucktail tie in point. This ensures a nice even head.
Tie in a few strands of crystal flash and the firework braid. Palmer the braid to the fook eye and whip finish.
Add some eyes and build up a head using the UV resin.