Angel Body

Published Mar 8th 2006

Thick and pulsating


Bloody Butcher variation - A fly with the classic color combination: black, red and silver. Same basic fly, but here with a front hackle.
Bloody Butcher variation
Back in 2003 I wanted to tie some silver bodied black zonkers for a trip to Bornholm. I didn't have any silver mylar tube for tying them, and it just had to be today.

I went through my box thinking "Mixed Synthetic Dubbing" and pulled out a bag of some kind of silver angel hair.

I cut the fibres into 1-2 cm of length (3/4"), mixed the fibres and put them in a dubbing loop. It worked well.

One of the advantages of this type of body is, that you can make your own color variations and make it grade from light to dark. You can also utilize the short fibres and trimmings, which you did not know what to do with.

Besides that, you can taper the body and make it more or less volumnious by trimming it after you have spun the hair or after you have turned the dubbing brush on the hook.

Here is a short guide and an example of a simple no-name fly.

Materials - Silver dubbing for the body, zonker strip for the wing. Add some hackle fibers for the tail and yoy have the foundation for an excellent fly
Step 1 - Tie in the tail
Step 1
Step 2 - Tie in a zonker strip.
Step 2
Step 3 - Make a dubbing loop with Angel Hair.
Step 3
Step 4 - Twist and turn towards the eye.
Step 4
Step 5 - Take the zonker strip forward and tie dwon by the eye.
Step 5
Step 6 - Add a front hackle.
Step 6
Step 7 - Trim the body.
Step 7

Angel Body Zonker
Kasper Mühlbach
Year of origin
Tied by
Kasper Muhlbach
Target species
Largemouth bass
Sea trout (sea run)
Smallmouth bass

HookStreamer size 4-6
TailA few red feather barbules
BodyAngel hair spun in a dubbing loop (silver/gold/copper/optional)
WingZonker strip (black/olive/dark brown/optional)
Front hackleRed hen
HeadTying thread

Tying instructions
  1. Start the thread at the bend of the hook
  2. Tie in a few red barbules as a tail
  3. Prepare a narrow zonker strip
  4. Split the zonker strip right over the rear end of the body. Wetting it might ease the process
  5. Make sure its front end reaches the front end of the hook
  6. Tie the strip down with 10-20 tight turns of thread
  7. Leave it there for now
  8. Create a large dubbing loop
  9. Cut Angel Hair or a similarly fine flash material into 1-2 cm (3/4") long pieces
  10. Place in the loop and spin
  11. Wind to just behind the hook eye to form a body. Leave room for hackle and head
  12. Tie down and cut surplus dubbing loop
  13. You can trim the body now or when the fly is finished
  14. Pull the zonker strip tightly forwards, trim right in front of the body and tie down
  15. Tie in a hackle, stem first, curved side forwards, in front of the strip and wind it 2-3 turns forwards
  16. Tie it down and cut off the hackle surplus
  17. Create a head and whip finish
  18. Varnish the thread to the rear and the head
  19. Trim the body if not already done

Hunting zonkers - A school of Angle Bodied zonkers ready to go hunting for sea trout
Hunting zonkers

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