Written by: Evan Jones
When you’re casting larger flies with long tails (like Zonkers), it’s not uncommon for the tail to become wrapped around the hook bend. Even expert anglers occasionally suffer from fouled flies. Having to constantly readjust your fly is not only frustrating, but it’s counterproductive, too. Flies that frequently foul simply cannot be relied on to act naturally in the water when it counts, which could lead to missed fish and wasted time.
Fortunately, there is a simple remedy for those who tie their own flies: the addition of a folded bit of monofilament at the rear of the fly known as an anti-fouling loop, or schnarzel, that helps discourage the tail from wrapping. Here’s how I make this helpful loop, along with a variant for use with larger magnum rabbit strips.
Evan Jones is the assistant editor of the Orvis Fly Fishing blog. He lives in Colorado.