Full Rabbit Zonk…

Late last night I tied this one. It’s most likely been done before, but I can’t remember seeing in this way. I think of this primarily as a baitfish and I wanted to it as a big one. It will probably do great as an imitation of different worms (N: Børstemark) Rabbit zonkers tend to get very heavy, but when tied in this style it will not be too heavily dressed. I guess a cone head in front would be great also. Hook is Mustad C52S sz.2. Use any color of rabbit strips.

First tie in the selected rabbit strip for the back. Secure it with varnish or glue. Remember to leave enough on both ends.

Now select the main color of the body. Use a paper clip as shown. Do not use to much at the time. I use a split thread. There are several brands out there. Mine comes from The Silk Lady(Staffan Lindstrom).

Spin the fur and start winding. Pull back the hairs as you tie it in. Use a brush.

Select the collar fur and repeat.

Time to tie in the back strip and finish the fly.


There are thousands of variants of the Wooly Bugger out there. Here is one more. I tie this one for sea trout. This pattern is essential in your box. This post is also a test using the ipad for photos. It’s not a real sbs, but I want to see if it works.

Tie in a good bunch of marabou. Adjust the lenght and tie in a piece of mono (thin). The mono will be used for securing the hackle later. I use mottled marabou for this one. Thread is red UNI. 

Prepare the hackle as shown in here. I use a hackle from the back of a grizzly-neck.

Tie the hackle tip down and secure with some varnish. 

Dub the body with dubbing of choice. I use uv ice dubbing here. Remember to leave room for the eyes in front. Tie in the bead chain eyes.

Wrap the hackle evenly and follow with the mono. Try not to tie down to many hackle fibers. It can be fixed later, but still. I use epoxy for the head of the fly.

The Soft Hackle Streamer…

The Soft Hackle Streamer is very simple to tie. Just make sure the marabou you are using has very thin stems. This makes it easier to wind around the hook. I use large mallard feathers as a collar hackle and a few strands of pearl. The fly was originally created by the great Jack Gartside.



Goby,or kutling in norwegian,is an important food source for the sea-trout here in Scandinavia. There are about 2000 species of these in the world. These are small fish,and normally they are up to 10cm in lenght. They are abundant and the fish eats them willingly. Imitations of these small fish do not have to be very sophisticated. This one is basically a zonker style fly,made with a mix of spun squirrel and opposum dubbing. I find the most important feature of this fly is weight. It needs to be heavy and sink fast. By using lead/tungsten wire combined with materials that draws water you will achieve this easily. I will go fishing today,and maybe if I am lucky there will be some pictures in the next post…

Kutling 2

Kutling 1

Pure Laziness…

The other night I was at a very interesting presentation on sea-trout fishing. The man responsible was sea-trout/sea fishing expert Asgeir Alvestad,a well known figure in the norwegian angling community. He shared his wast knowledge and experience on this subject. One of the things was the color chart pictured below. The color chart is based on many years of catch records,both his own and a lot of other anglers. This is off course no final thruth,but it gives the angler a good hint on which color to choose in different water temperatures. The chart shows that on low water temperatures white is the preffered color of the trout. During the winter the predominant food of the sea-trout is smaller fish. That means herring,sprat and goby. Asgeir also advices anglers to fish the flies real slow in the winter.
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Check out Asgeirs blog: http://www.eu.purefishing.com/blogs/no/asgeir-alvestad/ (Norwegian)

The pattern below will be my choice for the rest of this winter,an all white baitfish imitation. I intend to tie it in many sizes and different hooks,sometimes I might throw in some kind of flash material as well. I will then carry Pantone markers in red,blue,yellow,green,brown and black,then just color the fly when needed. I use a short shank hook and eyes of different sizes and colors. Large saltwater flies tends to be tied on short shank hooks,especially the ones with eyes. When there are eyes on a bait, the fish goes for the eyes in about 70% of the hits. So,out of pure laziness this will be the one fly until the sandworms appear. Maybe I´ll call it The Pantone General…

The GeneralThe Pantone General

My secret weapon…