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Zonker strips – which do you like more?

by Lucian Vasies

I’m working to select the range of furs for zonkers. I personally use natural cream, natural grey, black, white and white barred from squirrel, weasel, muskrat and from rabbit. But are guys who are interested in all kind of colors. I want to start the dyeing process after we will get the skins from our suppliers.

I want to prepare the dyeing and cutting process after we receive the skins in our store. They will arrive from tanning shop after a complicated and long tanning process. I don’t see the point of dyeing in very varied colors that may never be used. So your opinion will be a real help 🙂

Thank you!

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Stefan October 5, 2022 - 3:10 pm

I use also Rabbit in pink and purple. Mostly for seatrout. If they are not barred i use a marker 🙂
All other colours you mentioned in the text are great too.
Tight lines Stefan

Lucian Vasies October 6, 2022 - 6:54 am

Thanks a lot Stefan 🙂

Nathan smith December 18, 2022 - 2:12 am

hello Lucien, I agree with Marco, olive, dark and light and olive chartreuse, black and golden browns. I use olive striped for jig streamers on the rivers, but it Is always in large size strips, 4 to 5 mm. too thick on smallers hooks and tricky to cut thinner. i have looked everywhere for striped olive in thin strips for size 14 jig streamers in 2 to 3mm wide strips. with no Luck. jmc in France do micro rabbit strip chartreuse, but not in striped or grizzly. also red Is great for underbelly hotspots, and a white also. i Hope this Can bé of some help to you. thanks for sharing your flies the purple pulsar jig IS a top fly and those super fine body pheasant tail nymphs with perfect cone shaped body catch fish everytime. greetings from the french alps.

Lucian Vasies December 19, 2022 - 10:02 am

Bonjour Natham,
Thank a lot for your feedback. I highly appreciate it 🙂 About grizzly micro zonkers, did you tried to use a black permanent marker? I found that works quite nice on small flies and medium flies too. I know that is very difficult to obtain zonkered squirrel skins in grizzly. Very difficult to make them, often doing something like that fails.
Merci beaucoup for ideas and advices 🙂

Christian October 6, 2022 - 5:56 am

Squirrel, natural grey

Lucian Vasies October 6, 2022 - 6:53 am

Thank you Christian 🙂

Marco Marson October 7, 2022 - 7:18 pm

Hello Lucien! I think that black, brown, olive and something like golden olive/brown olive are the best choices to imitate sculpin patterns, also combined in the same pattern… white and grey are also great colours for small fry patterns… and probably the best is rabbit/muskrat for small patterns and raccoon for big patterns… i would let weaseals and squirrels free in their woods 😉
Marco M.

Lucian Vasies October 10, 2022 - 4:58 am

Thanks Marco, highly appreciated your advice 🙂

Russ March 10, 2023 - 3:04 pm

Rust. Brown and orange. Blue and green. Mostly for crayfish. And white for gamechangers.


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