Published May 12th 2006
A zonker of warmth
So for years a yellow and orange fly has been missing in my fly box.
Last year I found materials, which inspired me to tie a replacement for The Mickey Finn. It stayed in my box for severeal weeks. I took a picture, uploaded it to our local site and named it The Modern Mickey Finn Zonker... probably a result of being less creative that day.
But when my girlfriend got a look at it, she exclaimed: It looks like a mango. Bingo! The Mango was a reality.
It is just a zonker and nothing particular. I like the colours and I like the two-coloured zonker strip.
I think it will be good for winter trout and in those waters where orange is a killer colour. Perch also like orange and so does cod (they seem to like any colour).
If you also like it, you should tie some following this recipe:
|Hook||Streamer, size 2-6.|
|Body||Re-Flash Tubing, orange.|
|Tail||Hackle fibres, mixed yellow and orange.|
|Wing||Zonker strip, cross coloured, orange/yellow.|
|False hackle (throat)||Orange hackle fibres, let them almost reach the hook point.|
- Mix a tail from yellow and orange hackle fibres. Tie them in just above the hook bend.
- Tie in the yarn and turn it over the shank to form a nice tapered under body.
- Let the tube slide down the shank. Secure it just above the hook bend. Make 1-2 mm of the tube stand out from the secure point.
- Tie in the zonker strip. Let 1-2 mm stand out from the secure point. Avoid trapping the hair.
- Tie down the tupe at the head.
- Tie down the zonker strip at the head. Make sure to stretch it, as it gets sloppy when wet.
- Tie in a bunch of orange hackle fibres as a false hackle.
- Form a nice little head and whipfinish.