Minkies or Zonkers are the ‘go to’ fly when the fish are feeding on fry. They can be tied in many colour variations and size to represent their preferred food source. A minky offers plenty of movement, especially with the addition of a heavily leaded body. Not only do zonkers give a great ‘up & down’ motion when pulled but a ‘wiggling’ effect when steadily retrieved. This weeks fly of the week is the White Minky/Zonker. Watch the tying video and give it a go!
For flies such as these I prefer to use Kamasan b175 size 8 hooks, they give a good length shank and also add some additional weight. The hook is also very strong and reliable, you need something you can trust when playing the fish of a lifetime!
Run a layer of White UTC Thread to about opposite the barb and attach a length of lead wire. The wire density can be varied depending on how heavy you want the fly. Wind the lead to the eye, leaving sufficient room to tie the wing off. Cover the lead in a couple of layers of white thread.
Attaching the Rabbit zonker strip is simple. Measure against the hook the length of the ‘tail’ and part the fur to expose the skin, simply place the rabbit strip in position and wind the thread onto the exposed skin and pull tight. Two or three turns should do. Pull the whole of the rabbit strip back and attach a piece of hot yellow wire for the rib and also a length of white/uv hippy fritz .
Wind the fritz to about the same position of where you ended the lead wire, making sure to stoke the fritz back after each turn. This ensures none are trapped or bulk the fly up. Pull the rabbit strip across the back of the fly to the eye and part the fur again to tie in securely. Run the rib through the rabbit and to the eye, this secures the rabbit strip in place and enhances the overall durability of the fly. I found the easiest way to part the fur when ribbing is to use a dubbing needle, place the needle through the fur and pull upwards parting each section and then run the wire through and round the fly. Tie off.
Adding eyes to a minky or zonker completely transforms a boring fly, I prefer to use funky 3d epoxy eyes, they are strong and very reliable. Ideal for attaching to fry patterns. Here I have used the ‘tab’ versions which are great for tying into small flies, or flies which have a hammering and the eyes can be changed or re-used. The extended holographic tab allows you to tie the eye into the fly wherever you want without the use of any glue substances. Simply attach an eye to each side of the hook and tie off. Glue the head to make sure your flies doesn’t fall apart.
Suspend Fry Tying Materials
Hook: Kamasan B175 Size 8
Thread: UTC White 70 Denier
Underbody: Medium Lead Wire
Wing: White rabbit zonker Strip
Body: White/UV straggle Fritz
Rib: Hot Yellow Wire
Eyes: Funky Fly tying gold holographic tab eyes
Written by Kieron Jenkins