The aim of this blog is to connect fly-tyers all over the world, to share, techniques, patterns, information and knowledge.

Zonker

Taken from my new book on tying salt water flies for sea trout heres the cover fly step by step.

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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.

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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!!

L1010787These are limited so first come first served if you would like to order in advance you can do so by sending me a e mail at barrycl@online.no

My new book, currently only available in Norwegian is available from post@vegaforlag.no

Hook:    Mustad S74SNP-DT #6 http://www.mustad.no

Tying thread:   Dyneema

Body:     Body braid under and coated with Bug Bond UV resin. http://www.veniards.com

Eyes:     Funky tab eyes http://www.funkyflytying.co.uk

Wing:     Zonker strip of your choice. The one used here is mink.

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Attach your tying thread to the hook and cover the whole shank with a foundation of thread so it hangs at the hook point.


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Tie in a length of Body braid and wrap the underbody of the fly and tie off.
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Coat the Body braid with UV resin.
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You may have to make several coats of UV resin to build up the body to the desired size and shape.

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Select two Funky tab eyes.
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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.
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Give the eyes a coat of UV resin and attach your tying thread at the rear of the hook.
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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.

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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.

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Tighten the zonker strip by pulling it to the right over the hook eye and tie down.
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Whip finish and remove your tying thread. Varnish.
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This is a Micro zonker tied on a Mustad #8 salt water shrimp hook.

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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.


IMG_4088The spøkelset (The ghost) This is tied with a UV resin coated Mylar body and a wing of White Coypu zonker strip.


IMG_4084Fish head zonker. Again a UV resin coated Mylar body and a mink zonker strip wing.

IMG_4092Squirrel zonker, with a UV resin coated Mylar body and a natural squirrel zonker wing.

Heres another effective method to construct the body of the zonker.

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Over the years I have searched everywhere for the ultimate Mylar tube, well now I have found it! Its available in four colours Pink, Blue, Mother of pearl and yellow from http://www.fishingmatters.bizIMG_4334

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.
IMG_4350Before you harden the resin with the UV light sprinkle on some hobby glitter. This is available in hundreds of colours!
IMG_4353Once 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.

IMG_4357The result is a very realistic fish scale effect.

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