Fly Tying Fridays

#10 Opossum Zonker Variations

Zonker flies has been around for a very long time and has been used a lot in fishing for different variations of trout. If you back up a few years, normally when someone said “Zonker” our minds automatically went to rabbit Zonker strips. Rabbit is awesome for those flies that needs more volume and a lot of movement due to the soft fibers of rabbit pelt. But today we have a huge variety of pelts that we cut Zonker strips from and one that has become extremely popular over the last 5-6 years is Opossum! This material has a fantastic shimmer and is very easy to cut and tie with. There is a huge variety of colors and sizes and fits for both trout and salmon flies. The best thing about it is the shimmer, fibers and thin skin. These attributes makes it perfect for salmon Zonker flies and I have personally come to like these flies very much, especially when I make medium to larger flies. There is a lot of brands out there but FutureFly from Denmark is one of the first ones and also the best one! Brian Størup has done a great job with FutureFly and has created a lot of cool stuff for fly tying.

There is a lot of ways to use this material and you can actually use it as “normal hair” as well, but not as good as when it is cut down to strips. For me this kind of material and fly tying is very appealing due to the fact you can create great looking flies in no time! I hope you find this episode interesting and that you feel motivated to try tying some salmon flies with Opossum!

Material for 10 Opossum Zonker flies HERE!

Tying description for Zonker 1: Streamer fly (Baitfish)

Hook: Partridge Attitude – size 4
Thread: White
Dubbing: TSD Salmon Signature Dub – Grey Ice
Wing: Zonker strip of American Opossum – Natural White 
Flash: TSD SW Angel Hair – Rainbow
Hackle: TSD Rooster Saddle – Natural Grizzly/Badger
Eyes: TSD Epoxy Eyes – size: 4 – Gold
Head: Optional to use UV clue or Epoxy

Tying description for Zonker 2: Salmon fly

Tube: 1,8mm plastic tube (color optional) + TSD US Tubes – 10mm, Gold
Thread: White (optional for colored head)
Dubbing: TSD Salmon Signature Dub – Fiery Brown
Wing: Zonker strip of American Opossum – Honey Gold
Flash: TSD SW Angel Hair – Rainbow
Hackle: TSD Soft Hackle Patch – Yellow Grizzly/Badger
Head: FutureFly UFO Disc – Black Nickle or Metallic Yellow


Supporting amazing work and every penny is worth it

If you are an angler on the coast of Sweden, this is something to support.

As can be seen on Fiskevårdsnätverket Göteborg´s website, that yearly support matters greatly and we have together managed to collect around 50.000 SEK for the organisation the past few years through events like “Havsöringens dag”, a small show that has been arranged for the last 6 years. This year we can not do this due to Covid so we are trying to at least get a little bit through our fly tying events. THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY!

Do you want to support conservation work that improves the habitat and spawning grounds for trout?

Those who want to donate to the organization can do so by scanning this QR and Swish to us, then you are in our Lottery pot that will be drawn out on the 26th of February, on our last night of LIVE Fly Tying.

If there is someone who wants to contribute to the auction in any other way, to support the organisation, can contact me at

Since we don’t have the option to meet up, enjoy each others company, we might as well try to do some fun online fly tying with friends and family members.


Our second auction, supporting Fiskevårdsnätverket Göteborg

Mats Alfbo won the bid with 400 SEK for these two Opossum Zonker flies. One baitfish for trout and other predators and one salmon tube that fishes really good in a lot of waters!
As always 100% of the winning bid goes to the chosen organization and this time we are focusing on improving the habitats for trout. Fiskevårdsnätverket Göteborg does amazing work and every penny is worth it, and if you are an angler on the coast of Sweden this is something to support.
You can also donate without bidding with Swish to 0704886401 (same as the QR above).

Our second auction week with Fiskevårdsnätverket Göteborg and we got donations with a total of 900 SEK in donations!
When we work together, we are so much stronger!
We are so grateful for your participation and generosity.


A nice salmon from Orkla, and Arctic Char from Greenland, caught on a Opossum zonker



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