Taken from my new book on tying salt water flies for sea trout heres the cover fly step by step.
This is another technique for tying zonkers using UV resin. This makes it possible to tie extremely small zonkers, quickly. This is not such an easy technique if you are using Epoxy or another two component resin as the process is time consuming and sticky! The colour of the body braid that is used for the underbody can be chosen to ‘match the hatch’ to imitate just about any baitfish. Along with the chosen zonker strip, be it natural or dyed you have so many colour combinations to choose from.
When tying at shows I have had so many questions about my zonker pompom! I have now a limited amount of my old Bone Head stock of zonker strips that I will be taking to the Sim Fly festival in Castel Di Sangro at the weekend, these will include, Squirrel, Coypu, Beaver, Mink, Kangaroo, Muskrat and of course Rabbit. Available in 1mm, 2mm, and 3mm strips perfectly cut and the best quality to be found anywhere!!
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Hook: Mustad S74SNP-DT #6 www.mustad.no
Tying thread: Dyneema
Body: Body braid under and coated with Bug Bond UV resin. www.veniards.com
Eyes: Funky tab eyes www.funkyflytying.co.uk
Wing: Zonker strip of your choice. The one used here is mink.
Attach your tying thread to the hook and cover the whole shank with a foundation of thread so it hangs at the hook point.
You may have to make several coats of UV resin to build up the body to the desired size and shape.
Stick on your Funky tab eyes one each side of the head. These are really intended to be tied in with the tabs at the hook eye, but I like the effect of them with the tab forming part of the lateral line of the bait fish.
Cut a zonker strip and form an opening in the fur where you would like to tie in the tail. You can also trim the hide on the tail at this stage to a point. This will not only give the fly a better swimming action but also a better look.
Tie off the tail with a couple of whip finishes and remove your tying thread. Apply a little varnish to strengthen the whippings. Attach your tying thread at the hook eye.
This is a Micro zonker tied on a Mustad #8 salt water shrimp hook.
Here you can get a better scale to the size of the Micro zonker. This one has a wing of natural squirrel 1 mm strip.
The spøkelset (The ghost) This is tied with a UV resin coated Mylar body and a wing of White Coypu zonker strip.
Heres another effective method to construct the body of the zonker.
Apply a foundation of tying thread to the hook shank and whip finish. Remove the tying thread and give the underbody a coat with UV resin.
Before you harden the resin with the UV light sprinkle on some hobby glitter. This is available in hundreds of colours!
Once the body is coated with glitter harden the UV resin with your UV light. You may have to give the body several coats of UV resin to build up to the required body size and shape.
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