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John's Bunker Fly

by John Timmerman

This fly is a basic High-Tie with the addition of some of the newer materials that are available on today's market. When peanut bunker are present, I find this pattern will outfish all others, including some of the bunker patterns I have relied upon for years.

Making this pattern is a bit time consuming what with all of the steps involved, but I think most Nor'east Saltwater fly rodders will find it productive enough to maintain a supply in their arsenals.


  • Hook: Tiemco 800s or Eagle Claw 254SS 2/0 to 4/0
  • Thread: Monocord
  • Bucktail: White & Olive
  • White Polafiber
  • Fluorofibre: White, Hot Pink, and Chartreuse
  • Sparkleflash: Artic Pearl, UV Pink Pearl, or UV Yellow Pearl
  • Eyes: 3-D Molded
  • Epoxy
  • Black Magic Marker


1: Wrap the hook shank with Monocord from hook eye to bend.

2: Loosely tie in a 1/8-inch clump of white Polafibre at the bend of the hook. The material should extend one hook length past the bend. Work the material to both sides of the shank and secure.

3: Tie in a hank of white Fluorofibre about the thickness of the lead of a pencil on top of the Polafibre. This material should extend beyond the Polafibre for about one-quarter of an inch. As an option, I tie in 8 to 10 strands of flash above the Fluorofibre.

4: Tie in another 1/8-inch hank of white Polafibre on top of the white Fluorofibre.

5: Now add a hank of white bucktail on the top of the shank, makinhg it long enough to extend for the length of the Polafibre. You may make the bucktail as thick as you desire in order to accommodate the effect you wish to get.

6: Starting immediately forward of the previous tie, but on the bottom of the shank, and tie in a hank of white bucktail that extends for the length of the Polafibre. Separate the hairs to pass on either side of the hook bend. You may choose to tie in two clumps -- one on each side of the shank.

7: Tie in another hank of white bucktail about one-quarter of an inch forward of the first bunch that's on the top. Work the bucktail around the hook shank before locking everything down.

8: Measuring from directly forward of the last tie to about half the distance from the hook bend to the end of our rear-most bucktail, cut two sections of pink Fluorofibre about the thickness of a pencil lead and secure them to the sides the hook shank.

9: Move forward and secure a hank of white bucktail to the top of the hook shank. Again, work the bucktail around the hook shank before securing.

10: Repeat Step 8, but this time tie in chartreuse Fluorofibre on both near and far side, allowing the material to sit slightly above the pink Fluorofibre.

11: Repeat Step 6 by tying in another clump of white bucktail on the bottom of the hook.

12: Move forward and tie in one more clump of white bucktail on top of the hook.

13: Complete the tying steps by adding a clump of olive bucktail on top of the hook at the hook eye, and whip finish.

14: Add stick-on eyes and apply epoxy from the hook eye to slightly aft of the eyes. Allow to dry.

15: Add a black dot to each side slightly aft and above eyes with black magic marker.

John and his wife, Betty, are active members of the Salty Flyrodders of New York. His Bunker Fly recipe also appeared in the club's monthly newsletter, Double Haul.


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