The first 5 versions didn't have any bunny hair and they all worked, so once the fur is gone keep on fishing them. Palmered bunny flies are a staple in the warmwater world and they seem to hold up just fine, so it wasn't something I was worried about. The estaz is a good idea though, I may throw that in a few as well.
Im glad you like them. It is really involved. I found the easiest way to tie them is to tie up a bunch in stages. First I'll tie 20-30 posts with the flash on the mono. Then Ill attach the eyes and flash on all of the hooks, then I'll go back and tie in the skirt and the head. Helps things move along quicker.
Thats exactly what I did, tied a couple in stages. I do have to agree with you though, this is not a beginner fly, there is a lot of work involved in it, but the result is worth it, it looks amazing. I will see if I can get some photos up tomorrow. Once again, great pattern. I know it will kill small/largemouth bass here.