Zonker Fly


Versatile streamer pattern, imitating baitfish and other prey, used for predatory fish from small to large, both in freshwater and saltwater.

How it's tied

The Zonker Fly is tied using a long shank hook and a combination of materials. The body is typically formed from chenille, dubbing, or other synthetic materials, wrapped around the hook shank to create a full, cylindrical shape. The key feature of the Zonker Fly is its wing, which is made from a strip of rabbit or squirrel fur, known as a "zonker strip". This strip is tied down along the length of the body, leaving the fur to extend beyond the hook bend. The fur's natural movement in the water adds an irresistible action to the fly. Additional features, such as a collar made from hackle or a head made from epoxy or thread, can be added to the fly for a more realistic appearance. It's head can also be weighted so when fished, it imitates a small fish feeding from the bottom.

What it mimics

The Zonker Fly is designed to imitate baitfish, such as minnows or shiners, as well as other prey like leeches. Its lifelike profile, natural movement, and customizable colors make it an effective and versatile pattern for targeting a range of predatory fish species.

Where it's used

Anywhere you will find predatory fish! It's primarily used to target freshwater species, but can be effective in the salt as well, especially when the water is more dark. To fish the Zonker Fly effectively, use a variety of retrieves, such as stripping, twitching, or swinging, to mimic the erratic movement of a wounded or fleeing small fish.

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