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Muddler + Zonker

2015.04.01.dryfly.me.zmuddler1Hook: TMC811S #4
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Rabbit Zonker
Body: A.Jensen Saltwater Dub ll White
Head: Roe

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.

2015.04.01.dryfly.me.zmuddler2Some shorter rubber legs:

2015.04.01.dryfly.me.zmuddler3They are not small, but neither are they super-big, so my #6 will have no problem swinging these over easter.

IMG_0893I 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.






SBS: Baitfish

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_10Hook: 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

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_1Tie in craft fur above the guard

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_2Tie off the craft fur properly ( the fish might hit this fly hard )

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_3Add some angel hair (not needed, but adds some glimmer to the fly)

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_4Tie in the tinsel

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_5Wrap the tinsel, forming a body. I don’t mind much if the body is even or straigth

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_6Add more white craft fur as underwing

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_7Add 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

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_8I use some zap-a-gap to glue  the eyes to the thread

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_9Apply bug-bond to form a head

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_10The material needed for this fly