Sunday, December 14, 2014

TB3E3Y2 – Zachary the Purple Zonker

GC4652A,The Camo Bug Inn
Titusville, FL
GPS: 28.552499, -080.854722

My mission is to carry the Project Healing Waters message to flyfishermen in all 50 states.

Zachary the Purple Zonker

This is a second life for Zachary the Purple Zonker. This time it is a laminated business card with the tracking code displayed prominently on the face of the card and a message on the back. In the first life, this travel bug was a piece of paper inside a film canister, yellow body, blue top, attached to an actual TB. I launched Zachary the first time in Myrtle Beach, SC in June 2010. It disappeared sometime in 2012 after having logged 4,736 miles and 215 posts. I pulled back the travel bug number and relaunched Zachary in GC4652A, The Camo Bug Inn, in Titusville, FL on 14 Dec 2014. I guess there is some slim chance that the original might show up.

Dan Byford of Colorado came up with the design for the Purple Zonker in 1974. It is one of the modern American Rabbit-lure patterns taken from the original Rabbit flies introduced from New Zealand. The Zonker is used for all species of trout as well as large and small-mouth Bass. It can be used in either lakes or streams.

The Purple Zonker

Zachary is one of twelve characters created by artist Kirk Werner for three books designed to introduce children to fly fishing.

Book Series by Kirk Werner

I have created a Trackable for each character. If you would like to see them all, here are the Geocaching Travel Bug Numbers: TB3E3X5, TB3E3Y2, TB3E3X7, TB3F6AD, TB3F69B, TB3F6AW, TB3F69V, TB3F69Z, TB3F6AV, TB3F6A3, TB3F6A5, TB3F6A0.


TB3F69V – Andy the Adams

TB3F6AD – Billy the Blue-Wing Olive

TB3F6AW – Ernie the Elk Hair Caddis

TB3F6AV – Gilbert the Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear

TB3E3X5 – Mr. Muddler the Muddler Minnow

TB3E3X7 – Olive the Woolly Bugger

TB3F69B – Pete the Prince Nymph

TB3F69Z – Polly the Partridge & Orange

TB3F6A3 – Randal the Royal Coachman

TB3F6A5 – Sally the Yellow Sally

TB3F6A0 – Stan the Stimulator

TB3E3Y2 – Zachary the Purple Zonker

Pictures of all of us – just pictures


Geocaching (and other GPS games)

Project Healing Waters

Miami Valley Fly Fishers

Kirk Werner