Jon is a multi-talented fly tier. Being a pilot and a carpenter he is also one of Norway’s best fly tiers.
Jon started tying flies in 1979, mainly tying trout and salmon.
He started tying commercially in 1994, supplying 4 stores in his hometown as well as private clients.
Jon has a Gold Medal from Rihimakii, Finland 1986, Nordic Fly tying Championship Classic Salmon Flies.
The Black Hawk Salmon Zonker:
This fly has showed its potential since the beginning of the 1990’s and consist of few materials and is fairly quick and easy to tie.
In regards of fishing technique, there’s not much to add, but water.
Get it out in the river and present it in front of your potential fish, and quite often that results in a take, the movability of the rabbit in the wing gives this fly a very lifelike silhouette the fish tends to like.
For speedy tying I start my thread on the middle of the shank, wrapping backwards, catching the oval ribbing and securing it. Then advance the thread forward and tie it off on the middle of the shank and cut it.
Then I get my next bobbin, loaded with the silver braid, without tying thread I tie it in by itself, wrapping touching turns backwards until its 3mm left of the black thread/silver tinsel, then returning by wrapping the braid forward to the tie-in point in the front.
Attach the orange thread and secure the braid, cut it off and tie in the rabbit zonker.
After this is tied in, I flip it forward overhead the fly.
Grab the oval tinsel in the back, wrap it 3 rounds as a tip, before bringing the rabbit wing backwards over the shank, trim it to a suitable length.
This next part requires a bit of jiggling and multitasking.
While holding the ribbing tight underneath, you need to gently stretch the rabbit backwards and cross the ribbing over through the wing to hold it down. Now adjust the wing to be sitting correctly on top of the shank, then advance the tinsel forward under the shank, getting ready for the next wrap.
Continue in even wraps forward until the tie-in point in front of the fly.
(Note: if you loose the grip of the ribbing while advancing forward, I’ve found it best to start all over in the back)
Tie it in and cut off.
Now its time to tie in 5-6 straws of flash, for durability I tie them in across in the front, folding them backwards.
Prepare the hen hackle, I tie it in with the feather pointing forward, then fold it backwards and secure it with 2-3 wraps of thread.
This way you won’t pull it out while working the hackle.
Now wrap the hackle and secure with the thread.
Make a nice rounded head with the orange thread and whip finish.
Hook: Veniard Osprey VH 001 Scandinavian Salmon #4 (or the size you prefer)
Thread: black 8/0
Body: silver braid
Ribbing: medium oval silver
Wing: Black rabbit zonker 4mm (do not use Magnum strips, they will fold around the hook and cover the body)
Flash: rainbow coloured thin flash
Hackle: black hen saddle
Head: fluo orange tying thread