Founded 1994 by Armand Courchaine
Craft Fur Baby Bunker
This Baby Bunker is distinguished by a technique of sculpting and blending
the craft fur and reverse tying the head. The sculpting is achieved by
tying the craft fur in sparse bunches first on top, then around the hook
in progressively shorter lengths and layering them to round out the body.
The blending is achieved by layering different shades and colors of the
sparse bunches and then combing them till they blend. Reverse tying the
head gives it a rounded shape that pushes water ahead of the fly while
allowing water to run through the lifelike body. The fly, then, is a modified
version of the Hollow Fleye.
Hook: Size 2/0
Thread: any thread you prefer
Tail: Wings and Body: Different colors of craft fur,
some shade of white for the lower half, pink or red for the gills, and
some shade of chartreuse, green, or blue for the top.
Softex, (Silicone or Loon Hard Head may also be used)
Zapa-da-a-goo or Goop, Hologram eyes
- Tie on thread and wind down to bend.
- Tie a sparse bunch of white craft fur on top of the hook to create
a platform. The length of this bunch will determine the length of the
- Tie several more sparse bunches of white, tan, pink or other light
colors, now spreading the craft fur around the shank and adding some
more to the sides to begin a round shape. Comb-blend fur together after
- Add more sparse bunches the same way, though some may be darker,
moving up to the last third of the hook. Continue to comb-blend each
- Tie in 6-8 strands of flash, varying the lengths.
- Tie one short sparse bunch of pink or red craft fur on each side
for the gills.
- Tie in one or two more sparse bunch of darker craft fur. Turn hook
over and tie on a bunch of belly-colored craft fur. Be sure to leave
about 1/4 inch for the head.
- Turn hook back and reverse tie a thicker bunch of dark craft fur
around the top half of the hook.
- Turn hook and reverse tie a thicker bunch of belly-colored craft
fur around the bottom half of the hook.
- Gently pull both the top and bottom bunches back, and then push forward
gently to shape a rounded head. Hold the shape with one hand. With the
other hand, bring thread through the craft fur to the eye of the hook
and whip finish.
- Comb fly to blend, continuing to shape the fly.
- Add a small amount of Softex to the head, work it through the craft
fur, and gently push to keep the shape for a minute or two till the
Softex sets enough to hold it.
- When Softex is dry add a drop of Zapa-da-a-Goo or Goop to each side
and add eyes
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