Sea Trout Munker

Published Jun 28th 2014

Kim Sorensen and Frank Thornild's salmon fly the Munker had me thinking. Why not tie this fly for sae run trout - my beloved sea trout?


Sea Trout Monkers

Kim Sorensen and Frank Thornild's Munker fly has been a great success on Danish salmon rivers and is a fly right after my heart. Not only is it a Muddler, but it's also a a Zonker - hence the name Munker.

The fly is an obvious fly to adapt for sea trout in the salt with its short and plumb shape, nicely imitating the different species of goby that are high on the menu for sea trout, particularly in the spring where small specimens gather in the shallow water, which warms up quickly.

Tied in gray and brown shades the Munker looks very much like these small, short and chubby, bottom dwelling fish. The shape and the weight makes the Munker and obvious contender for the role as a goby imitation.

So I tied up some in natural colors and omitted the Jungle Cock and wound up with some excellent small and medium light flies, well suited to be cast on a 5, 6 or 7 weight and definitely something that I'm going to serve to the silver bars of the Baltic as soon as possible.
Since the fly has worked wonders on salmon in the rivers, I see no reason to doubt that it can also entice a sea run brown.

Shallow and warm

The materials list and tying sequence is the same as on Kim's salmon version, but just without the Jungle Cock, which I find a little overkill for saltwater flies, even though I know that some tyers like these exotic (and expensive) feathers on their imitations. I haven't tied any flash into the flies either. Gobies are quite dull and well camouflaged, and don't make much fuss of themselves, so no reason to add further attractions. The rubber legs I like, and they will add fin-like movement to the flies.

Springtime fish

The Munker
TypeTube fly
Kim Sorensen and Frank Thornild
Year of origin

TubeGuideline FITS medium
Bead(s)One or two, aluminum, brass or tungsten to fit snuggly over tube, color to suit fly
Tying threadVeevus 14/0, color to suit materials
WingShort zonker strip, rabbit, opossum or other skins depending on fly size
FlashAngel Hair or Ice dubbing to, color to suit fly (optional)
Hackle(s)One light and one dark to suite color of fly
Rubber legsRound, color to suit fly (optional)
EyesJungle Cock (optional)
HeadDeer hair, color to suit fly

Tying instructions
  1. Melt a collar on the rear of the plastic tube
  2. Slite one or two beads over the tube and glue them against the collar
  3. Tie in the zonker wing in front of the beads, letting the bead lift it slightly
  4. Trim off remaining skin
  5. Tie in flash
  6. Tie in and wrap one or two soft hackles in front of the wing
  7. Tie in rubber legs over the hackle base, pointing along the tube
  8. Tie in Jungle Cock eyes, one on each side of the fly
  9. Bend back rubber legs and tie down
  10. Trim the tube, leaving room for the muddler head
  11. Burn a collar in the front of the tube
  12. Spin a couple of small bunches of deer hair to form a wide and flat head
  13. Half hitch or whip finish, trim thread and varnish
  14. Trim the head flat and wide

Step 1 - collar, bead - Melt a collar in the back of the tube and push a bead - here a cone - over the tube
Step 1 - collar, bead
Step 2 - push bead back - Push the bead snug towards the collar
Step 2 - push bead back
Step 3 - start thread - Start the thread with a few wraps right in front of the bead
Step 3 - start thread
Step 4 - wing - Tie in the zonker strip, leaning up the bead to lift it slightly
Step 4 - wing
Step 5 - prepare hackle - Strip the first hackle and prepare it for tying in
Step 5 - prepare hackle
Step 6 - wrap hackle - Wrap the hackle 2-3 turns, tie down and trim surplus
Step 6 - wrap hackle
Step 7 - prepare second hackle - Strip a second hackle in preparation for tying it in
Step 7 - prepare second hackle
Step 8 - wrap second hackle - Again rather sparse - 2-3 turns. Tie down and cut surplus
Step 8 - wrap second hackle
Step 9 - rubber legs - Tie in the rubber legs along each side of the tube
Step 9 - rubber legs
Step 10 - bend back, trim tube - Bend the front part of the rubber legs back and tie them down. Cut the tube and burn a small collar in the front, leaving space for the muddler head.
Step 10 - bend back, trim tube
Step 11 - deer hair - Cut a small bunch of deer hair. Don\\\'t make it too big
Step 11 - deer hair
Step 12 - spin hair - Hold the hair close to the front tube, take a couple of loose wraps over it and tighten, making it spin to cover the full circumference of the tube.
Step 12 - spin hair
Step 13 - smaller bunch - Prepare and even smaller bunch of deer hair. You can cut off the tips.
Step 13 - smaller bunch
Step 14 - spin hair - Spin this second bunch in the same manner. There\\\'s preciously little space, so it might require a little finesse. The collar will help prevent it from \\\
Step 14 - spin hair
Step 15 - whip finish - Half hitch or whip finish and cut the thread in preparation for varnishing.
Step 15 - whip finish
Step 16 - varnish - Let varnish suck into the base of the hairs to secure them and the thread.
Step 16 - varnish
Step 17 - trim - You can trim the hair on with the fly on the vise or take it off and do it in hand. A rotary vise makes the first method a natural choice.
Step 17 - trim
Step 18 - done - The finished fly, here dressed up in lighter colors, white, orange and gray.
Step 18 - done

Mounting and fishing the fly
As with other tube flies, you mount the hook after the fly has been tied. Select a piece of of junction tube and a suitable hook - single, double or treble - and pass the tippet through the fly from the front, through the junction tube and then tie it onto the hook using whatever knot you prefer. Trim the tag of the tippet and pull the hook shank into the junction tube and taught against the rear of the fly. You are ready to fish. The gobies are bottom dwelling fish, and this fly will willingly sink to the bottom of shallow water and can be fished slowly over the bottom.

Mounting the hook

User comments
From: wulff randy · wulffr1·at·  Link
Submitted April 23rd 2015

New to fly tying
so many tools and material. !!!

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