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Super Bunker

by Jaiem Fleischmann

Bunker (a.k.a. Mossbunker, Menhaden, Pogies, etc.) are the "potato chips" of the baitfish community. Just about all inshore and near-shore gamefish feed on bunker, including striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, drum, cobia, snook, and tarpon.

This pattern effectively imitates the small "peanut bunker" bait that has been especially common in our local waters for several seasons. The translucent qualities of Super Hair add a very life-like appearance to this pattern.

An Owner hook is used to ensure strength and sharpness, but a Gamakatsu, Trey Combs, or similar hook can be substituted.

Replace the olive Super Hair with blue and you have a good herring simulation pattern, too.

  • Hook -- Size 2/0 or 3/0 Owner Aki (or equivalent)
  • Lower Wing -- Super Hair, white
  • Upper Wing -- Super Hair, white, pink, olive, black or brown
  • Throat -- Krystal Flash -- red
  • Flash -- Gliss `N Glow, Comes Alive or similar in pearl white
    and silver
  • Thread -- Danville Flat, white
  • Eye -- 3D Stick-On, size #6 (3/8")
  • Misc. -- Head cement, Goop


1. Form the lower wing by tying a medium section of white Super Hair, 3 inches long, on the under side of the hook, extending back past the bend.

2. Add six to eight strands of red Krystal Flash, approximately one-quarter of an inch long, on top of the lower wing to simulate gills.

3. On top of the hook, start by tying on another medium section of white Super Hair, 3 inches long.

4. On top of that, add a thin section of pink Super Hair, 3 inches long.

5. Next, tie in a thin section of olive Super Hair, 3 inches long.

6. Finally, top it off with a thin section of black or brown Super Hair, 3 inches long.

7. Tie three strands of pearl and three strands of silver Gliss `N Glow, Comes Alive, Flashabou, or similar material along both sides of the fly. Trim the flash to the same length as the Super Hair.

8. Whip finish the head and coat well with head cement.

9. Place a drop of Goop on the back of each 3D eye and press it onto the pattern behind the head. Press both eyes firmly together, causing the Super Hair to spread out, forming a broad side profile.

10. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Jaiem Fleischmann is a professional tier whose patterns are available through his unique fly rodders' Internet website -- -- that also includes original angling art and books.


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