Designed and Tied by John Collins
This John Collins designed streamer pattern takes the proven and effective Double-Bunny to the next level by articulating it using a Fish-Skull™ Articulated Shank and combining with a Fish-Skull™ for weight and appearance. The end result is a articulated, weighted streamer with incredible tail action that catches fish!
This is a great example of how the Articulated Shank can be used to tie a simple, single hook articulated streamer.
The “Flamethrower” color scheme (orange and red) is one of many possible color combinations this pattern can be tied with. You are only limited by your imagination!
Hook: Daiichi 1750 #6
Articulated Shank: 35mm length
Thread: Flor. Orange 6/0
Thread to close Articulated Shank: Kevlar
Wire: Small Flor. Orange Ultrawire
Body: Flor. Orange Diamond Braid
Outer Body: Two Flor. Orange Rabbit Strips
Collar: Flor. Red Crosscut Rabbit
Fish Skull™: Small-Medium size Skull painted with Pumpkin colored Jig Head Paint
Cut Rabbit Strips 1 and 1/2 times the length of the hook shank. Coat just the area that will hang off the back of the hook on the hide of both strips (I’m using Contact Cement to do this, as it is water proof and very flexible after curing. And most important, it will not come apart.)
After coating each strip, let the glue become tacky (2min.) and stick both strips together. Put this aside for later use in the tying process.
Attach thread to hook and then attach wire to top of shank stopping your thread at the bend of the hook.
Lay Diamond Braid on top of hook to just behind the hooks eye. Wrap thread forward to just behind the eye of the hook, completely covering the Diamond braid and tie off.
Wrap the Diamond Braid forward, covering the hook shank and tie off just behind the eye.
Take your glue strips and while hook is in vise, carefully push the hook point through the bottom strip.
Once the strip is penetrated by the hook, you will have to take the hook out of the vise and bring the strip around the hooks bend. Mount the hook back into the vise.
Pull the strips up against the rear part of the Diamond Braid.
Lay the top strip on top of the Diamond Braid body and the bottom strip under the Diamond Braid.
Make sure strips fit tight against the Diamond Braid and tie off both at the head.
After securing strips at the head wrap your wire forward five to six times and make two wraps of thread to hold wire in place
Pick out any trapped hair from under wire from the rear, working your way forward to the head.
After picking out hair from under the wire, unwrap your two turns of thread which were holding the wire in place at the head of the fly. Pull tight on the wire. This will tighten the wire which should be laying on the strips hide, with no hair underneath it. Make two turns of wire on head of fly, cover with your thread and tie off. The rear part of the fly is completed at this point.
Insert the Articulated Shank through hook eye of the fly that you just tied and mount in vise.
Close Shank with Kevlar thread and whip finish.
Attach a crosscut Rabbit strip to the rear of the Articulated Shank and wrap the thread forward, covering Kevlar and any part of the shank that may be exposed.
Wrap crosscut strip forward to hook eye, tie off and whip finish.
Put a drop of CA cement on the thread head of the shank and press on your Fish Skull. Make sure that there is room for your thread dam and tie off in front of skull.