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Black Rabbit

Hook: TMC777SP #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Rabbit Strip, Foxtail
Body: A.Jensen Saltwater dub ll White, Rabbit strip in dubbing loop
Eyes: Gold bead chain, large

A pattern that follows the spaykutling but in all-black colors. This comes from the rabbit skin I bought earlier and that I have cut strips from. The hair is really long and makes for some meaty flies that will create a lot of good movement in the water.

My seatrout box is slowly filling up:

Rabbit Skins


One of my projects this winter will be dig deeper into materials, and first out is a project to dye skins and material to see how that is done and to get more familiar with creating things from scratch. First out is rabbit skins: I got some skins the other day that I will start using for my tying. I ordered a natural brown to create the Kutling, a white to experiment with dying and a black for general zonker strips.

I tested out some different ways of cutting zonkers, but ended up with a method of creating your own zonker cutter on youtube. This has proven to work and I get consistent strips to work with. The natural brown rabbit I got had some long hairs and some good spiky tips that is perfect for the Kutling.

Here is a version where I used silver fox for the tail (instead of spey hackle) and a white salt-water dubbing from A. Jensen

Another version, but this time with a orange salt-water dubbing from A-Jensen have tied up a set of these and will test them out later on,  but I’m quite happy with the material so far and the next thing to do is to order color to start dying that white skin. I also plan to look into bleaching and maybe buing a whole Roe  skin to color and use for tying. But first things first: more rabbit!


First Vaskebjørn Daiichi 2546 #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Hackle: Whiting Rooster Saddle Grizzly (1 feather used for the fly)
Body: The Fly Co Seals Fur Red/Black dubbing, A.Jensen Saltwater Dub ll White

This is a well known pattern here in scandinavia for seatrout, but I have never tied it up before. I got a new Rooster Saddle from Whiting yesterday and since I’m heading out for some fishing tomorrow it was time to get this pattern a go. Not quite after the original recipe, but close enough to the video from Eivind Berulfsen. The hackle will give this a very vibrant flow in the sea, and together with the red seal fur it will be a killer!


Shrimp – take 1

Hook: TMC 777SP #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Grey
Weight: Lead
Tail: Mallard Flank
Dubbing: A.Jensen Saltwater Dub ll Gill Red
Legs: Elastic Nylon Thread 0.5mm
Eyes: BugBond on red bead
Shield: Hareline Scud Back
Resin: Bug Bond

Since seatrout fishing has gone very good lately I figured I needed some shrimps, so I got some extra material today to try out a couple of different patterns. There is still much to do on this pattern to get it right, but a good example on what I find interesting to do: exploring new patterns and ways of tying flies