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Spey Zonker

2015.03.28.dryfly.me.spey_zonkerHook: Alec Jackson Spey #1.5
Thread: UNI 6/0 Red
Tag: Lagartun French Tinsel, UNI-Floss Red
Body: UNI-Floss Black
Rib: Lagartun French Tinsel
Wing: Rabbit zonker
Hackle: Ringneck Rump Hackle
Head: Loon Hard Head Red

I have done some variants of this on tube earlier this winter, and after testing it earlier this week I had to tie this up on the Alec Jackson Spey #1.5 hook as well. The zonker and the Ringneck hackle makes this a brilliantly simple pattern that should be in any box, either for seatrout or salmon.

 

Black Rabbit

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Hook: TMC777SP #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Rabbit Strip, Foxtail
Body: A.Jensen Saltwater dub ll White, Rabbit strip in dubbing loop
Eyes: Gold bead chain, large

A pattern that follows the spaykutling but in all-black colors. This comes from the rabbit skin I bought earlier and that I have cut strips from. The hair is really long and makes for some meaty flies that will create a lot of good movement in the water.

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My seatrout box is slowly filling up:

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Rabbit Skins

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One of my projects this winter will be dig deeper into materials, and first out is a project to dye skins and material to see how that is done and to get more familiar with creating things from scratch. First out is rabbit skins: I got some skins the other day that I will start using for my tying. I ordered a natural brown to create the Kutling, a white to experiment with dying and a black for general zonker strips.

I tested out some different ways of cutting zonkers, but ended up with a method of creating your own zonker cutter on youtube. This has proven to work and I get consistent strips to work with. The natural brown rabbit I got had some long hairs and some good spiky tips that is perfect for the Kutling.

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Here is a version where I used silver fox for the tail (instead of spey hackle) and a white salt-water dubbing from A. Jensen

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Another version, but this time with a orange salt-water dubbing from A-Jensen

2014.10.18.dryfly.me.kutling_redI have tied up a set of these and will test them out later on,  but I’m quite happy with the material so far and the next thing to do is to order color to start dying that white skin. I also plan to look into bleaching and maybe buing a whole Roe  skin to color and use for tying. But first things first: more rabbit!

 

Spaykutling

2014.09.14.dryfly.me.spaykutlingHook: TMC 777SP #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Grey
Tail: Rabbit strip
Hackle: Whiting Spey Grey
Body: Holo Old School, Rabbit strip in dubbing loop
Eye: Large Bead Chain

Here is one that will make a lot of motion in the water! I got some very good quality rabbit strips from fluefiskern.no and followed his youtube video on how to make this pattern. I see that there is a bit too much underfur in the dubbing loop so I’ll remove some more next time around. This will be a great addition to my seatrout box that I’m filling up for the winter