Classic Zonker Fly Pattern

Classic Zonker Fly Pattern

Classic Zonker Fly Pattern

Step 1. You need a 6x long streamer hook size 6-4, Black and Red 3/0 or 6/0 thread, a soda can, scissors that will cut the can you also need Mylar tubing, Rabbit zonker strips, 5 minute epoxy and red saddle hackle.(weight optional)

Classic Zonker Fly Pattern

Step 2. Cut long heart shaped pieces from the soda can with scissors big enough to fold over the hook and still allow Mylar to be slipped over metal as shown in pictures (Apply epoxy to inside of metal folded over hook, so when dry metal will not slip around on hook).

Classic Zonker Fly Pattern

Classic Zonker Fly Pattern

Classic Zonker Fly Pattern

Step 3. Once epoxy has dried put the folded hook in your vise tie in burbles from red saddle hackle for tail with red thread. Now slip Mylar tubing over hook and also tie with same red thread also at this point tie in rabbit zonker strip cut to length needed as shown in pictures, and tied in at hook bend and tied off or wipe finished. (Zonker strip should extend about 1 and ½ inch past hook bend).

Classic Zonker Fly Pattern

Step 4. Tie zonker strip at head with Black thread and add red hackle for collar then build up head. Wipe finish and epoxy both head and red band of thread at bend of hook.

Is it worth all this? You may ask. I believe when fished correctly this streamer can be as deadly as any Mepps Spinner or Panther Martin. But to learn how to fish this streamer you may want to buy a book. It would take me far to long to explain how to fish this streamer but if you would like get information about how to fish streamers I suggest a book. Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout: New Techniques, Tactics, and Patterns. Thanks to OSD for this excellent tutorial.

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