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River Bunny, Purple
Originated and Tied By Paul Smith

River Bunny, Purple

Name River Bunny
Category Pacific Salmon
Hook Daiichi #2220, Size 1 to 2/0
Weighted .025 Lead, 15-25 Turns
Stinger Hook Octopus Style Egg Hook #4; 30 # Mono
Tail/Body Krystal Flash; Rabbit Zonker Strip
ThroatArtic Fox-Red
Eyes Hot Shot 3-D Eyes

River Bunny was originated and tied by Contributing Fly Tyer, Paul Smith. Paul reports that an Alaskan Guide told him that he caught 32 Chum Salmon in one day with this fly and that it has become his favorite fly. I can vouch for it as well. The day after I received this fly from Paul I hooked about 10 Chum with it (during the Nisqually River Run) using the Chartreuse and Hot Pink. It would have taken more if I had stayed longer. For information about tying Stingers, see the article by Don Johnson, The Art of Articulation: Simplified Stingers.

Paul Smith Notes: "I thought I might relate to you and your readers why I tie my Alaskan patterns in 4 colors. People who have not been to Alaska might not know that all the rivers and streams aren't crystal clear . The glacier rivers have a lot of silt and the purple and black work much better, they seem to silhouette in the stained water. The hot pink, chartreuse and even purple are much better in clear water." Paul, the same is true of many of our Northwest rivers.

You can see more flies in the River Bunny Series and more flies designed and tied by Paul Smith at The Flies of Paul Smith..