How to Tie: Flexi Cord Zonker
What You’ll Need
TMC 5262 size 2-6 (or any streamer hook will work)
UTC 140 (white) or color to match the body
Flexi-cord (silver) these come in several sizes, match the right size to the hook size
Rabbit strips (white)
Tungsten Bead 3/32 for 14, 5/64 for 16 and 18
Prisma stick-ons (black) or whatever color you like.
First thing you need to do is make the body. I like to have premade stencils already cut out so I don’t have any guess work. So if this is your first time tying this fly I would keep the stencil for a reference after you’ve made it for this size hook. Notice on the picture how I’m measuring this to be cut to shape.
Fold this just the way you see it on the picture. And what you really need to pay attention to is the hook shank being in the middle of the fold. Not right up against the fold on the underside. That’s where I see a lot of people have trouble with this step.
Cut it to this shape. Make sure you have room to tie material in at the bend and the front of the hook. So make sure you leave a space or you’ll crowd the eye.
You should still be up at the front just behind the bead. Now cut two strands of flashabou. You want them fairly long. Tie the two strands in. Take the two strands of flashabou and your wire holding them all together as you wind to the bend. Make each wrap side by side. Advance your thread back up to the bead still keeping the thread side by side. It’s important that you keep a smooth thread base so when you wrap the flashabou up you can’t see any imperfections from underneath (bumps etc).
Measure the strip about half the hook shank hanging off in the back. Split the hair and tie it down where you made the split. If you wet your fingers when separating the two it will keep the hair out of the way so you can see where to tie it. Make the wraps on top of each other. I would do about three or four and then whip finish the thread off. I also put a little zap-a-gap on the underside of the thread so it holds together longer.
This step can be a little frustrating until you tie this fly a few times. You have to cut the front of the cord flush with the eye of the hook. Maybe a little past it, but that’s it or you’ll have excess hanging off the front. What we’re trying to do is prevent you from making any cuts to the flexi-cord. Now repeat the same step you did in the back. Make a few turns, but don’t worry about cleaning up the head yet. You still need to tie a little collar of rabbit on the underside
Fold over the rabbit strip and tie it down. Cut off any excess hanging off the front
Cut a little rabbit from the hide and tie it down as a collar on the bottom side. You can go all the way around if you want. Just make sure you measure the hair to not go past the bend of the hook before tying it in. This is another step that you don’t want to cut any rabbit off in the front. Make your cut before tying it
Whip finish the thread off and stick your eyes on at the front (on the thread head you made). Next you’ll want to make a small coat of epoxy around the head. This will make the fly look good and stay together for the long haul.