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 the pulsating fur strip, makes it a first class bait fish attractor pattern. But when viewed by a fish in a back-lit situation ( in silhouette ) this pattern really comes to life, with the light penetrating through the transparent melt glue / maylar body and fur guard hairs.
Born in England, Barry Ord Clarke is an internationally acclaimed and much published photographer and writer, including several photographs in the National portrait gallery collection in London. He is a regular contributor to numerous fishing magazines world wide. He has also written, Co written and contributed to more than 30 books about fly fishing and fly tying. He has also won medals in some of the worlds most prestigious fly tying competitions. Specializing in fly tying/fishing, his photography work has taken him all over the world to more than 40 different countries. He is also consultant to O. Mustad & son, the worlds largest hook manufacture. For the past 17 years Barry has lived in Norway with his family in the town of Skien, where he spends his free time fishing and elk & deer hunting. View all posts by barryoc