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Kinky Zonker

A big articulated streamer that in its first 15 minutes in the water on the East Branch of the Delaware, netted a 20-inch rainbow followed by a 20-inch brown. Since then, it's nailed smallmouth, largemouth, lots of big trout, and tons of other species. The fly was adapted from the Kinky Muddler, a saltwater fly, to serve as a big, mobile streamer to throw for trout. Like the Kinky Muddler, it has a big, water-pushing head of synthetic fibers that make the fly wobble, but the Kinky Zonker adds an articulated hinge point, and a tail of rabbit and marabou, that move with every twitch. If you throw it across the current to the bank, it bobs left and right and wiggles at its articulation point. It's tied and weighted to ride hook point up so that you can throw it right up into the shallows or drag it with a sinking line, but it also waves and wiggles on a dead drift or a slow swing. In its different colors, it can represent an olive or brown sculpin or a grey alewife or bronze chub. It's one of the best streamer patterns for any predator that eats mid-sized baitfish. Size 2.
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durable articulated fly,
October 14, 2013
By: DaveMCL
from North Carolina
"I was pretty excited about this fly -- overall I was not disappointed. It has a large profile and displaces a lot of water... but I was able to cast it (ok) with a 6 weight. It seems durable and has held up on the water.
Its a light fly but holds a lot of water, so it casts like a heavy fly. It doesn't sink, even when wet. In fast current with a sinking tip I couldn't get it below 4 inches of the surface.
This fly is built solid, but it didn't have the attention to detail you would expect. The head cement/fixative used was smeared on one of the holo-eyes. Also, the pattern was tied with the hook canted, so that when you look at the fly head-on the eye is tilted to the right.
Overall I would recommend the fly... but in the future I'll just tie something similar myself to get a better quality and to add lead wrap to get it down in the water-column."
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