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I am trying to get started tying some flies that will require some zonker strips. When I go looking for material I see cross cut listed. What are they used for and what is normally used?

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You can always wrap a regular zonker too, the finished product when dry will look like crap but in the water you'll find it has a larger profile if that's what you're going for.

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If you buy whole tanned rabbit hides, or even other types of tanned hides, and they're open & flat, as you cut strips from head to tail, you'll find that you get strips from the sides that are basically like cross cut because of the way the hair grows on the animal. I've come to prefer buying the hides & cutting my own because I can vary the width for different types of flies, plus I get both a straight cut & cross cut type of strip. There is some pieces left along the edges that don't make good strips, but the fur is excellent for dubbing, so a hide provides a lot more options than the packaged strips.

 

Not too long ago there was a discussion about cutting strips should that be of interest to you. There have been other discussions as well.

 

http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=79552&hl=%2Bcutting+%2Brabbit+%2Bstrips

 

http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=79552&hl=%2Bcutting+%2Brabbit+%2Bstrips

 

http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=38919&hl=%2Bcutting+%2Brabbit+%2Bstrips

 

http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=60133&hl=%2Bcutting+%2Brabbit+%2Bstrips&do=findComment&comment=469741

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