Hook: TMC811S #4
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Rabbit Zonker
Body: A.Jensen Saltwater Dub ll White
Earlier this winter I got a Roe skin, and before that some Rabbit skins, and since it is seatrout season start around these parts of the world I thought I would tie up some muddler/zonker variants to bring with me.
This is the first time I’ve tied up anything muddler-like for seatrout, but if you have the basics of spinning hair this is not very hard to do. I chose the TMC811S since with its short shank and very durable design (I really like this hook!), I also tied in some rubber legs on some variants to see how they will behave and look in the water.
Some shorter rubber legs:
They are not small, but neither are they super-big, so my #6 will have no problem swinging these over easter.
I had to go down to the city and get some smaller versions of this hook and tie up some on the 811S #8. This have some added lead to bring it down.
I got some new sealwool from http://fluefiskern.no/ and had to tie up some VB in sizes #4, #6 and #8 on Daiichi 2546 and TMC 811S. The quality of the sealwool is great and I will post something later to compare with other types.
Hook: TMC 811S #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Hareline Extra Select Craft Fur White, Angel Hair
Body: Hareline Solid Tinsel Chenille Pearl
Wing: Hareline Extra Select Craft Fur White/Black
Head: Hareline Adhesive Holographic Eyes 3/16 Red, Bug-Bond
I have fished some in saltwater before, but haven’t had much luck when it comes to actually catching anything(!?!). But: I was on vacation last week and ended up when the tidal went out underneath a bridge, causing a strong current where I spotted a lot of fish. I put on this baitfish on my #6 rod and got 30minutes of Mackerel fun: pulling in fast I saw the mackerel hitting this fly hard! More pictures on that later, but this is my take on a baitfish pattern that was very successful. It becomes quite slim in the water and should trigger the fish if pulled in fast high in the water
Add a loop of mono at the end of the hook, I use quite a thick one
Tie in craft fur above the guard
Tie off the craft fur properly ( the fish might hit this fly hard )
Add some angel hair (not needed, but adds some glimmer to the fly)
Tie in the tinsel
Wrap the tinsel, forming a body. I don’t mind much if the body is even or straigth
Add more white craft fur as underwing
Add black craft fur as top-wing and tie of the fly with a decent head since you want a place to glue on the eyes. I vary between black, brown and green for the top-wing to create variations
I use some zap-a-gap to glue the eyes to the thread
Apply bug-bond to form a head
The material needed for this fly