Jay Nicholas’ tying fun and experimentation just keep driveling on and on. The only commodity in too-short supply is time and places to go and fish these great looking flies.
Some of the newer materials available have really made our tying easier: the Greg Senyo product-line of shanks, wire, and laser yarn (t mention a few of many) are near the top of our list.
ALSO, the just released Hareline Real Fake Jungle Cock eyes are another. These eyes are amazing, durable, easy to use, and look fantastic. No matter what you have tried before, give these a go, you will find it difficult to be disappointed. Larger than the Pro Sportfisher jungle cock eyes, these are better suited to really big flies like the Sculpin-Bunny Intruder featured in this video.
Many sculpin flies use a head that is trimmed top and bottom to make a flat head shape. That is a great concept that we just haven’t mastered yet, but we bet this round-head fly will still entice grabs from sculpin eating steelhead.
And why not fish these for Bass, Pike, and Musky too? Snook? Peacock Bass?
Key materials of this Great Lakes Sculpin-Bunny Intruder Fly are noted as follows:
Thread – Veevus 6/0 or 8/0 black
Hook – Gamakatsu Octopus #2
Alternative Hook – Daiichi Intruder Hook, black #2
Senyo’s Articulated Shank by Fish Skull, 25mm
Senyo’s Intruder Trailer Wire
Butt – EP Foxy Brush 1.5”, yellow
Wing – Hareline frost Tip Rabbit Strip, FRS4, black orange tip
Barbell Eyes – Hareline Balz Eyes, Medium, color of choice
Jungle Cock – Hareline real Fake Jungle cock, sample pack HBS
Alternative Jungle Cock – Hareline real Fake Jungle cock FJ3 Flame/Pink
Top Flash material – PolarFlash #2015 Black Rainbow
Side Flash accent – Holographic Flashabou, #6943 Firetiger
Rear Collar – #377 Sculpin Olive Senyo’s Laser Yarn
Front Collar – #40 Brown Senyo’s Laser Yarn