Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Nol, May 18, 2007.

  1. Does anyone have the pattern for tying Zonker streamers or know where I can find it?
  2. thats a great looking one, now wish there was a pattern with it
  3. Hi, you can tie also stomach and back to the zonker. :cool:

    Like these...

  4. Troth's Zonker is really an easy pattern. This is it:

    1) Hook: 4xl to 8xl streamer hook with a straight eye

    2) Underbody: either aluminum or lead tape over the hook then doubled on the bottom and cut so it
    tapers from hook shank at rear to a hook gap 1/4 back from front of body and then
    tapered again from this point to the hook shank. This produces the nice deep belly and
    tapered body of Troth's Zonker.

    3)Body: Silver, gold, or pearl braided mylar tubing with thread core removed of appropriate size
    for the hook. Shred (separate) the reat of the tubing with your bodkin before slipping it
    over the hook and aluminum or lead tape. Body is tied down at rear with red Danville's
    Flat-waxed Nylon (use a bobbin, tie it in on the hook shank by pulling the body forward).
    Don't forget to let the shredded portion extend over the hook bend. After it is tied in at
    the rear, let the bobbin hang, you will use it to tie off the rabbit strip wing. Then tie in
    front of the body with black thread (Troth uses 3/0 Danville's, but any will work).

    4) Hackle: Grizzly (natural or dyed to match or compliment wing), sparse and webby.

    5) Wing: Rabbit strip 1.5 x's hook shank in length. Tie it in at front by first clipping it to a triangle
    shaped point to reduce bulk at the had. Whip finish this before tying it in at the rear,
    where the other bobbin should still be hanging with the red Flat-waxed Nylon. Slightly
    wet the rabbit fur where it will be tied in at the rear, separate the hair, and tie it in with
    the red Flat-waxed Nylon. Then use a loop of thread to form a whip finish of 6-8 turns
    right at the rear tie in point.

    Sometimes Troth puts eyes on them by tying in a set of flat plastic eye that have the plastic tabs on them, but his is optional.

    If you follow the above pattern in order, you will be able to tie any color Zonker you may ever wish to tie and have them look like Troth's. They are really very easy to tie, which you will find out after you tie your first one.
  5. Or sub in foam under body for the lead or foil under body for the floating zonker. The floating zonker works great for bass and trout and can be worked like a Rapala on the surface for some really fun surface strikes or just off the bottom of a lake or river and a sink tip line with the foam helping to keep the hook just off the bottom snags.

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