The Virtual Minnow: A zonker with a twist…

The original zonker pattern was tied by the American fly tyer Dan Byford in the 1970s and was quickly recognised the world over, as a big fish fly and extremely easy to tie, yet realistic imitation for most smaller bait fish. The original pattern used a lead or tin sheet that was folded and glued over the hook shank and then cut to shape to make the underbody.   This melt glue body technique gives the zonker a new life. If viewed by a fish in reflected light the shine and flashing of the maylar mixed with the animation of … Continue reading The Virtual Minnow: A zonker with a twist…

Fly tying course # 10 Muddler Minnow

  Unquestionably the most famous of all streamers, and the model for many others. Hook: Mustad R73NP-BR # 10-4 Thread: Dyneema (waxed) Tail: Mottled turkey Body: Flat gold tinsel Rib: Copper wire Underwing: Grey squirrel tail Wing: Mottled turkey Collar/Head: Spun and clipped natural deer hair  A few notes regarding the original Muddler pattern:  The hook used by its originator Don Gapen was a Mustad 38941 3X Long streamer, this was one of the long flies. When tying slip wings its important to use waxed thread. The Dyneema I use in most my patterns is too smooth for for wet … Continue reading Fly tying course # 10 Muddler Minnow