Black Ranger Zonker
I have always liked the Ranger flys with there orange/black striped Pheasant Tippet feathers but the original pattern has a wing that i think move to little in the water. So when i got hold of some Tiger Barred Zonker stripes i discover that they will do perfect wings on thise old great patterns. After tying some diffrent Ranger patterns i got to favorites that just not looks good but fishes good to and tht's the Black Ranger and the Durham Ranger. First out is the Black Ranger that works in well on cloudy weather and in coloured water and i tie the both as tube flies and on hooks.
Tag: Oval Silver Tinsel X-small
Butt: Yellow Uni Strech
Ribb: Oval Silver Tinsel Small or Medium
Body: Black Dubbing
Hackle: A Heron or Ring Neck Pheasant Hackle Dyed Black (tie it like a collar before the zonker stripe)
Wing: Tiger Barred Orange/Black Zonker Stripe, Two or Three Strands of Orange Mirage Flashabou
Front Hackle: Blue Soft Hackle
Head: Black Cone Head or Black Varnish.
Cheeks: JC (if you want)
On the Tube version i use Orange/Black Barred Rubber Legs.
I'll use Black Tubing or a Eumer Teardrop Tube on my Black Rangers
In a short time this fly have become a real killer and maybe it will do the same for you?