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Squirrel Zonker


Published Aug 6th 2012

A simple and small zonker.

By

Thick-skinned

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
TypeWet fly
Originator
Martin Joergensen
Year of origin
1994
Difficulty
Easy
Target species
Sea trout (sea run)

Materials
HookKamasan B175 size 6
ThreadBlack 8/0
RibFine oval tinsel
BodyMedium silver tinsel
WingZonker strip, natural squirrel, tanned
HackleHair hackle, same as wing
HeadTying thread




Done


Sea run brown trout




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