The Perch Zonker
Hook: Size 6-4 longshank bronze or nickel finish Thread: White 140 denier Weight: Lead wire Tail: Salmon pink Lite-Brite Body: Green pearl Lite-Brite Wing: Light or dark olive barred rabbit Zonker strip Eyes: Red epoxy eyes
Wind on two turns of the Lite-Brite at the base of the tail then twist the dubbing to form a rope. Wind the Lite-Brite along the shank in touching turns.
Fold the Lite-Brite fibres over and secure then pinch off the ends to form the tail. Dub on a large pinch of green pearl Lite-Brite, twisting the end to a point.
Stop the Lite-Brite three quarters along shank. Cut a length of olive barred rabbit strip and catch it in upside down and projecting over the eye.
Wind close turns of lead wire along the shank and secure in place with thread. Prepare a bunch of pink Lite-Brite fibres and catch in at their midpoint.
Dub on a second pinch of Lite-Brite to form a rope and wind it over the turns of thread holding the rabbit strip. Carry on until the eye is reached.
Once the second section of the body is added, draw the rabbit hair back away from the eye and apply thread turns. Cast off the thread with a whip finish.
Attach thread at the tail-base then stretch rabbit strip over the body. Part the hair to expose the bare skin then secure the strip with tight thread turns.
Cast off thread with a whip finish, stroking the hair back in place and away from the eye. Apply a small amount of Superglue at the eye to control the hair.
Fix an eye either side of the body using a Superglue gel. When it’s set, cover the eyes with coats of clear varnish or a UV cure resin to secure them in place.