Fishing Fly tying

Fly tying: Composite Loop Zonker

I’m always amazed at the creativity of fly-tying experts who are constantly inventing new ways to tie flies that fish will eat. While I’m something of a “simpler is better” tier, I certainly do appreciate the time and effort that go into making flies that incorporate a number of tricks and odd tools to accomplish. The Composite Loop Zonker is one of these flies.

From the use of the 10-pound monofilament loop to ensure the fly’s tail swims perfectly to the incorporation of a sticky note pad, a popsicle stick and a tooth brush, just watching Tim Flagler tie this fly was a kick. It’s an advanced fly, and it’ll take some time to put together, but I think you’ll agree with me that it’s a stunning streamer when the finished product comes off the vise.

This may be one of those flies that I’ll throw in the “I let guys like Tim tie it, so I don’t have to” category, but nevertheless, it’s a beauty.


— Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt.