Zonker Fur Strips
Cross cut vs. straight cut ...
Fur strips can be cut in two different ways:- straight cut and cross cut.
STRAIGHT means cut in the hair direction, - these are ideal for the zonker type of flies and wings on pike or salmon flies - the fur being laid along the length of the hook shank and over the bend as a tail.
CROSS CUT strips are cut across the skin, so that the hairs lie perpendicular to the skin strip - essential for patterns such as Bunny Leeches or any fly where you want to wind the fur strip like a hackle around the hook shank to give a dense body hackle.
The "industry" standard size for regular strips is 1/8 inch - the MAGNUM strips are cut in 1/4 inch widths.