[Video] Tying a Bunny Leech by Davie McPhail


Davie McPhail demonstrates how to tie a Bunny Leech in this fly tying video. The Bunny Leech is easy to tie and is a favored pattern for Steelhead and Salmon but also works well in lakes for Bass, Pike and even Trout when tied in smaller sizes.

Material List

Hook: 1 1/4-inch tube
Thread: UTC 140
Body: Orvis Magnum Texas Strip (split length-wise), Chartreuse
Wing: Whiting Magnum Saddle Hackle
Tail: Orvis Magnum Texas Strip over Krystal Flash
Legs: “Perfect Rubber” legs
Eyes: Adhesive eyes, Fluorescent
Resin: Bug Bond Multi-Purpose UV Cure Resin

Enjoy!

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Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish.

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skateslakai69 says

hi,
do you have any old material or old supplies that you would like to be taken off your hands. i have a vise but i dont have any material or anything and i want to learn how to tie flies.

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danhath1 says

I think that this would be a good pattern to use on the Coastal Streams of the Pacific Northwest for King’s and Coho’s.

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TheAdamGie says

@DavieMcPhail

thank you for your answer

best regards

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi TheAdamGie,

Just for extra movement and with the orange ones a little bit of colour…

All the best Davie

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TheAdamGie says

Hi Davie,
why you add this rubber leggs for this fly? for some vibration?

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dougster07 says

Cracker as usual Davie. We’ll need to get a crack at the Pike together this year sometime ;-). Tied a few Whistlers with rubber legs in beside the flashabou tail, suppose it gives a bit of extra vibration – esp if you add a couple of knots to it. Dougie.

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Jonatanost,

You can buy it from a few places here in the U.K , like the Glasgow Angling Centre and Sportsfish.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

All the best Davie

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Jonatanost says

Hi Dave, great video!

Where can I order that glue? I live in Sweden.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

//Jonatan

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi 1968drum,

There’s lot’s of green beasties over here:-))) A tube is a very good way to tye a fly on as you can use a single, double or a treble at the back depending on the rules of the land or the fishery you are on.The other good thing about a tube is that if a fish takes and runs the fly will run up the line away from the fish’s mouth so it doesn’t get chewed. And yes you could tye it on a #2 hook..
Merry Christmas to you too…

All the best Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi MegaWallem,

I tyed this fly for Pike so here’s hoping it will catch a few…

All the best Davie

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MegaWallem says

Great fly! I think it works very well for pike, what do you think?

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txflytier says

Hi Davie

Headed to the vise now that is a amazing looking flies that would slay bass and strippers I would be tying up several of this.Cant wait to try them out…

Thanks for the Great Videos
Chance

Merry Christmas

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1968drum says

great looking fly…i live in texas and i’ve never seen a rabbit that color, haha just kidding. Davie,i am relatively new to fly tying, can you tell me why the need to tie on a tube…whats the purpose. and i suppose i could tie that this fly on a #2 hook…what would the difference be? always enjoy your videos and expertise…Merry Christmas,Daniel

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi jayodonn,

You will find this fly will sit fine tyed as it is but even if it doesn’t for some reason it will still take fish….

All the best Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Jonny,

Glad you liked the fly and you too have a wonderful Christmas..

All the best Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi donegalflyfisher,

The good thing about tying this fly on a tube means you could use a single, double or a treble at the back as they will all work with it..When I’ve fished for Pike I found that they hang on well to a fly and all I had to do was to tighten up but sometimes they would miss the fly but wait as they will come back for another go but I haven’t fished for them a lot..

I’m sorry I can’t be of more help to you with more advice..

All the best Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Vyccia,

Yes this style of fly would be used here for Pike but in other countries It could catch many other species of fish…

All the best Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Kyle (madaboottroot),

Glad you like the fly, I know that the rabbit can be a bit heavy especially this size just replace the rabbit with hackles or synthentic fibre…

Have a wonderful Christmas when it comes as well….

All the best Davie

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi GreyBuzzer,

Merry Christmas when it comes and thankyou for all your kind words…

All the best Davie

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jayodonn says

Hi Davie. I’ve never fished tube flies and wondering how these flies stay right-side-up without the weight of the hook to orient them?

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