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Saw similar flies on different forum. Don't know if they are any good for salmon fishing but they look cool, so maybe I'll wet them.

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Braw tigertails andrezj :cool: oh and they most definitely do work 🎣. Fantastic movement in the water

One for water with a touch of colour
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May I make a polite suggestion?

Now, as Arnold knows, I do like a tigertail, especially an Alistair. A fly that's done a fair bit of damage on the North Esk for me over the years.

My suggestion is to trim the skin part at the rear into a 'V' and thin it out. Imho you get a better wing taper in the water.

Mind you, that said, I'd still fish any of tigertails above.:thumb:
 

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May I make a polite suggestion?

Now, as Arnold knows, I do like a tigertail, especially an Alistair. A fly that's done a fair bit of damage on the North Esk for me over the years.

My suggestion is to trim the skin part at the rear into a 'V' and thin it out. Imho you get a better wing taper in the water.

Mind you, that said, I'd still fish any of tigertails above.:thumb:
The Alistair TT will be my first off the vice through the week andy for my trips up by 👍🏻 I've none left in the box, spot on about putting a taper on the skin

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May I make a polite suggestion?

Now, as Arnold knows, I do like a tigertail, especially an Alistair. A fly that's done a fair bit of damage on the North Esk for me over the years.

My suggestion is to trim the skin part at the rear into a 'V' and thin it out. Imho you get a better wing taper in the water.

Mind you, that said, I'd still fish any of tigertails above.:thumb:
Thanks westie4566 for your advise. I cut slightly the zonkers in first two flies, not too much as the strips were about 3.5-4mm wide. The third fly is without cutting as the strip was only about 2.5mm wide. The best would be to cut a V shaped wing from a piece of skin. I'm not sure if a wing won't wrap around a hook in my flies, but I can always shorten wings a bit if required.
 
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Thanks westie4566 for your advise. I cut slightly the zonkers in first two flies, not too much as the strips were about 3.5-4mm wide. The third fly is without cutting as the strip was only about 2.5mm wide. The best would be to cut a V shaped wing from a piece of skin. I'm not sure if the wing won't wrap around a hook in my flies, but I can cat them a bit if required.
Never had any real problem with zonker strips 'wrapping' at all. I think the inherent 'stiffness' helps in this respect. (I appreciate that this sounds counter intuitive bearing in mind how mobile these wings are!)

I just cut both ends of my zonker wings in a v shape. Makes it neater to tie in at the front and a better profile at the rear. The springers seem to like my method...lol.
 

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Many thanks westie4566, I don't have too much experience with zonkers, have tied a couple of flies but with shorter wings. I'd be nice to catch a salmon on these :)
 

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Many thanks westie4566, I don't have too much experience with zonkers, have tied a couple of flies but with shorter wings. I'd be nice to catch a salmon on these :)
Get them tied on mate...they work.

I got laughed at when I first fished one on the Northie many moons ago. The laughing stopped 30 mins later when I had a pristine 13lb fish in the net!! That was on the 1st of March. Zonker flies have been doing the business since then.
 

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A few more, the black one was inspired with flies shown some time ago on the forum by Grassy_Knollington: Monkey Frenzy
Tied on bottle tubes 15mm slim, wings approx. 5-6cm.

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