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Salmonfly.Net Salmon and Steelhead Fly Tying Guide  In Memory of Yuri Shumakov 

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Bunny Spleech

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Bunny Spleech

Name Bunny Spleech
Category Salmon/Steelhead
Hook Salmon, Weighted Near the Front with .020 to 030 Lead Wire
Thread Black
Tail Formed from the Zonker Strip Used For the Body
Body Wide Silver Tinsel with Zonker Strip Pulled Over the Back and Tied 2/3 the Length of the Hook
Shoulder A Few Strands Matching Krystal Flash
Collar Matching Color Zonker Started 1/3 Distance from the Eye, Wrapped, followed by Spey Hackle Wrapped to Form a Collar
Head Black

This fly is a variation of the "Spleech" originated by a tyer for Steelhead fishing in Midwestern western waters. It's a combination of the Bunny Leech and a Spey fly with the Spey hackle giving more life to the fly movement. The Bunny Spleech has worked well in Northwestern waters and can be tied in a number of colors to suit conditions. Match the color and weight to the species and waters that you are fishing.


  • Wrap tying thread from eye to hook bend.
  • Wrap about 16-20 turns .030 lead wire on the front 1/3 of the hook.
  • Tie in a piece of wide silver tinsel but don't wind.
  • Tie in the end of the Zonker strip to form the tail and fold back in order to wind the tinsel.
  • Wind the thread forward, then the tinsel to 2/3 the hook length. The remaining 1/3 is left for the a couple wraps of Zonker and the Spey Hackle.
  • Fold the Zonker strip back to the point where you've finished winding the tinsel.
  • Tie in the Zonker and add a few strands matching Krystal Flash to both sides.
  • Tie in another strip of matching or same color Zonker strip and wrap around the hook a couple time while stroking the fur backward.
  • Tie a long Spey Hackle or Schlappen in front of the Zonker fur and wind forward to just behind the eye.
  • Tie off and wrap a neatly tapered head. Whip finish and coat the head with head cement.

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