Dron Lee is an artist when it comes to putting string fur and feathers onto a hook, and his creations push traditional boundaries, balancing realism with practicality. Dron’s flies are always clean, precise and impressive. His take on the Zonker Streamer is no less innovative. A lot of thought is put into each streamer, mimicking the coloration of the natural prey species, adjusting the action of the fly and the look of the fly in the water are all aspects taken into consideration. To provide a smoother level swimming zonker, Dron adds weight off the bend of the hook with a bead and mono as well as at the head with bead chain eyes.
The body is built up section by section of multiple colors of rabbit fur clipped from zonked strips. This, mixed in with a little bit of UV Ice Dubbing, creates a realistic looking baitfish profile. The colors are adjusted depending on the species of bait fish being tied.
Hook: #4 Straight eye streamer
Thread: 6/0 match to body color
Tail: Zonker strip
Counterweight: Mono and brass bead
Eyes: Bead chain eyes
Body: Built with small clumps of rabbit fur clipped from zonked strips and pearl UV Ice dubbing
Add pattern with copic marker
Be sure to check out Dron’s website Fly Tying Nation and have e look at the rest of his great fly patterns.
The Black & Grizzly Snatcher is a proven lake pattern which has been a consistent producing fly when trout are feeding near the surface of the water. Kristen ties this pattern on a curved shank barbless hook, but any curved shank hook, like the Mustad Signature C49S or TMC 2457, should work well. The pattern was designed to mite large emerging chironomids from the Scottish lochs, but the pattern will work great in North American slitters just as effectively. Cast the fly using a dry line and use a slow retrieve as you would with any chironomid. You can visit flies-stepbystep.com to see the complete sequence of tying steps.
Black & Grizzly Snatcher Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Dohiku 644 no. 12 (barbless) or similar scud hook
Thread: Black UNI 8/0
Tag: UTC 140 fl. pink
Body: Black UNI Stretch
Rib: UNI Soft Wire
Collar: Black hackle feather
Visit flies-stepbystep.com to see the complete sequence of tying steps and make sure to check out Krystian’s other patterns.
Phil always put together great step-by-step tutorials and goes the extra mile to provide information about the fly and materials used. This pattern was born in the vise of fly tyer Trevor Nowak and uses a big helping of Rhea tendrils to impart action into the streamer. Rhea has become quite popular in steelhead and salmon flies over the past decade thanks in no small part to tyers like Nowak rhea guru Todd Scharf. Phil has some extras in the article about preparing the feathers to use in patterns so the herls are wrapped and paltered easily.
You can find the full step-by-step tutorial on Phil’s website http://flycraftangling.com, and get some insights to tying with rhea.