Published Jul 21. 2012 - 5 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 17. 2015

Squirrel Zonker

This is an update to one of the first patterns ever featured on the Global FlyFisher. The old article about this fly is from 1996, and has been in the site with its scanned B/W picture since then.

Thick skinned - Some zonker strips are very thick skinned like this squirrel. That makes it important to be a little careful when tying on the wing, but won\'t affect the finished fly much as long as the skin is tanned and soft
Sea trout love it - Most predatory fish will love this little fly
Thick-skinned
Martin Joergensen

This is an update to one of the first patterns ever featured on one of the forefathers of the Global FlyFisher - Fishing Denmark. The old article about this fly is more than 16 years old at the present time, and has been out there with its scanned B/W fly picture since then.

Now I have retied the fly in connection with an upcoming article series on zonkers and zonker strips, and done a step-by-step series of photos. I've tied the fly many times during the many years that have passed, but just never photographed it.

The fly is an excellent, small and generic baitfish imitation, which has caught numerous seatrout in its time, and is bound to be able to work on brownies, stripers, bass, snook and many other predatory fish. I fish it on a floating line and simply retrieve it in small jerks to make it act like a swimming fish. I tie small flies like this onto my tippet using a loop knot, allowing them to move more freely.

Squirrel Zonker
Pattern type: 
Wet fly
Originator: 
Martin Joergensen
Materials: 
Hook
Kamasan B175 size 6
Thread
Black 8/0
Rib
Fine oval tinsel
Body
Medium silver tinsel
Wing
Zonker strip, natural squirrel, tanned
Hackle
Hair hackle, same as wing
Head
Tying thread
Difficulty: 
Easy

Step 1 - thread


Step 2 - rib


Step 3 - to the rear


Step 4 - to the front


Step 5 - tinsel


Step 6 - first layer


Step 7 - body done


Step 8 - trim tinsel


Step 9 - zonker strip


Step 10 - rib


Step 11 - ribbing


Step 12 - rib done


Step 13 - trim rib


Step 14 - dubbing loop


Step 15 - hackle strip


Step 16 - spin hackle


Step 17 - wind hackle


Step 18 - trim zonker strip


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The finished Squirrel Zonker - A nice and neutral baitfish imitation
Done
Martin Joergensen
Many years ago - Myself with a fish caught on the Squirrel Zonker many moons ago.
For sea trout - The fly was originally tied for sea run brown trout, but will work for many other fish too
Sea run brown trout
Martin Joergensen
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