This is a basic zonker streamer that I tied to catch some of our larger freshwater predatory fish. The colour combo is based on other effective streamers, especially tigerfish streamers, used across Africa (I took a page from Malcolm Meintjes’ zonker tiger flies as displayed in the FOSAF Favoured Flies series). I’ve only been fishing it in 2018 and it has already proven to be effective for catching spotted and smallmouth bass, yellowfish and tigerfish.
Thread – Gordon Griffiths Sheer 14/0 black
Hook – Gamakatsu B10S #4 – #2
Bead – Large hot orange tungsten bead
Undertail (‘anti wrap guard’) – Stripped black zonker, short piece (this is glued to the top zonker strip with GemKem contact at the end)
Body – Root beer cactus chenille
Wing/tail – Black zonker strip
Rib – 12 lb monofilament
This fly works well for good size Clanwilliam yellowfish, which was my aim with it initially, but I subsequently also caught tigerfish on it in South Africa. For a more durable fly to catch multiple tigerfish, for instance, the mono rib should be replaced with copper wire. I fish the fly with long slow strips on a clear intermediate line with 12 – 15 lb fluorocarbon tippet. Smallmouth and spotted bass also ate it while fishing for yellows in rivers. Takes on this fly have been very aggressive so keep that stripping hand ready to give line when something hits and runs!