Common questions

When to use a Zonker?


When to use a Zonker?

A zonker is a fly made from a strip of fur. The strips are known as zonker strips and they have the hide attached. Once waterlogged, this softens and create a fly with bulk that pulsates when retrieved. It’s great for larger flies, such as streamers and pike fly patterns.

What does a Zonker fly imitate?

Dan Blayford, an American fly fishermen created the Zonker fly, this is a minnow shaped imitation of a small baitfish. Today this is one of the classic patterns used by fly fishermen to imitate small baitfish. With a shiny body representing the body of the baitfish these are deadly flies if used correctly.

What flies imitate what bugs?

Characteristics of Imitative Patterns Black Beauties, Mercury Midges, Mercury Baetis, Baetis Students, Hemmingway Caddis and Charlie Boy Hoppers are all just a few examples of imitative flies used to mimic a single species or category of insect and a single stage.

How do you dead drift a streamer?

Tom: Dead drifting a streamer is a deadly tactic, especially in colder water. Just cast your fly in an upstream direction and retrieve line just fast enough to keep a tight line to the fly so you can feel strikes.

How do snakes fly with fish?

How to fish snake flies for trout

  1. They don’t look much out of water, but they look amazing underwater when the fur puffs up.
  2. Browns love snake flies.
  3. Use heavier tippet than usual – Airflo Sightfree G4 Fluorocarbon in 2X is a good choice for fishing snakes.
  4. A #7 or #8 rod makes casting snake flies much easier.

How do I know what fly to use when flying?

Generally, nymphs and dry flies in size 16 to 12 are the most common, but size 20 or 22 dry flies are often used. Streamers in size 6 to 4 tend to be most useful. Varying sizes can sometimes yield great results, but speaking to a local guide or fly shop is always a great way to zero in on the right size and pattern.

Is Zonker a Scrabble word?

No, zonker is not in the scrabble dictionary.

What is Fly Fishing drag?

Drag is when your fly is pulled unnaturally through a current or on the surface of the water. Essentially any friction caused from the water’s pull on your fly line, leader, indicator, tippet, weight, knot or fly will cause drag.

Which is the best Zonker pattern for fishing?

Micro Zonker – Brown – A great pattern for fishing in both salt and fresh water. Smallies, crappie, bluegill, and trout in freshwater, snook and sea trout in the salt. A timeless classic (in a smaller form) that has not lost its edge or effectiveness. Micro Zonker – Natural – A great pattern for fishing in both salt and fresh water.

What kind of flies do you use on Zonkers?

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How much does a belly dancer Zonker cost?

Average Customer Rating (5 flies is best): 5.00 Price as low as: $2.40 Belly Dancer Zonker – Natural – Fish the Belly Dancer Zonker where trout, pike and smallmouth bass live. River, ponds, lakes or reservoirs you will get results.