Mid Coast Fly Fishers

Fly of the Month

January 2020: zonker minnow

January 2020: zonker minnow

January 2020: zonker minnow


Phil Ewaniciki ties his Zonker Minnow. 


2X or 3X long streamer hook

Diagonal cut rabbit zonker strip tailing material - dark maribou or bucktail or squirrel

   crystal flash or flashabou (optional)

optional weight - lead wire 

October: Brook’s Blonde

January 2020: zonker minnow

January 2020: zonker minnow


Hook: tier’s choice

Thread: white

Wing #1: white bucktail

Body: pearl mylar

Wing #2: White bucktail with a little SF UV Flash Blend underneath

Eye: optional tier’s choice

Fresh or saltwater baitfish pattern.  Adjust colors to suit. 

September: Bendback

January 2020: zonker minnow

September: Bendback




Hook: Owner flyliner #1

Eyes: Tab eyes from bearsden.com

Body: Tan and Chartreuse craft fur

Flash: Krystal Flash

I've always liked the bendback.  I recently started tying them this way to let them push a little more water while still being relatively weedless.  I also like to tie these in all black.

April: The Menace

March: Sonic Shrimp by Emmit

September: Bendback



The Menace


Hook: Mustad C71SSS or 34007 Size 2

Eyes: brass dumbbell eyes small or medium

Tail: Craft Fur, tan (1) or white (2), with a couple of strands of crystal flash

Body: Estaz sparkle chenille grande pink (1) or white (2)


Sparkle palmer chenille tan (1) or white (2)

Thread: White, red or orange

Can be tied with any color craft fur or body material you think will catch fish.

March: Sonic Shrimp by Emmit

March: Sonic Shrimp by Emmit

March: Sonic Shrimp by Emmit

Sonic Shrimp.

Emmit likes this fly for fishing around docks - especially at night.  He likes this heavy wire hook for this application.  Key points about this fly are to keep it small and sparse and include the weed guard since you'll be throwing it tight to docks and such.


Hook:  Mustad Size 2 2XH 2XS

Weedguard: Mason hard mono.  16lb

Tail: tan craft fur

Legs: rubber

Hackle: Grizzly died brown/red