The Zonker is a unique baitfish pattern developed by Dan Byford. The beauty of the Zonker lies in its simplicity. It can be tied with as few as two materials, but we have dressed it up a bit here and added a few parts. The Zonker was the first fly that made use of stripped rabbit hide, and as a result, the material itself has taken off in popularity since then. I am always looking for new pattern looks to add to my box and the Zonker certainly has an unusual look and an inherent fishiness to it. The rabbit strip wing flows and swims through the water, while the mylar belly adds flash and profile to the fly. I like Zonkers in stillwaters, where fish get a longer look at the fly and therefore need a more realistic pattern to turn the key, as well on moving water where I will fish it behind a larger, bulkier pattern.