Published Mar 8th 2006
Thick and pulsating
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.
Angel Body Zonker
|Year of origin||2003|
|Tied by||Kasper Muhlbach|
|Target species||Largemouth bass|
Sea trout (sea run)
|Hook||Streamer size 4-6|
|Tail||A few red feather barbules|
|Body||Angel hair spun in a dubbing loop (silver/gold/copper/optional)|
|Wing||Zonker strip (black/olive/dark brown/optional)|
|Front hackle||Red hen|
- Start the thread at the bend of the hook
- Tie in a few red barbules as a tail
- Prepare a narrow zonker strip
- Split the zonker strip right over the rear end of the body. Wetting it might ease the process
- Make sure its front end reaches the front end of the hook
- Tie the strip down with 10-20 tight turns of thread
- Leave it there for now
- Create a large dubbing loop
- Cut Angel Hair or a similarly fine flash material into 1-2 cm (3/4") long pieces
- Place in the loop and spin
- Wind to just behind the hook eye to form a body. Leave room for hackle and head
- Tie down and cut surplus dubbing loop
- You can trim the body now or when the fly is finished
- Pull the zonker strip tightly forwards, trim right in front of the body and tie down
- Tie in a hackle, stem first, curved side forwards, in front of the strip and wind it 2-3 turns forwards
- Tie it down and cut off the hackle surplus
- Create a head and whip finish
- Varnish the thread to the rear and the head
- Trim the body if not already done