Beginning Fly Tyers

Next Generation Brook Trout Angler

The first fish I remember catching was a brook trout. I grew up in a region that isn’t known for it’s fishing, but there is one special gem of a lake that holds some of the most beautiful brookies on the planet. Brook trout have always been my favorite Salmonid. With anticipation for Spring fly fishing here is a short video from a memorable trip last year.

Andrew Chasing Brook Trout

This was the first time that my son was able to take fly fishing into his own hands. I’ve been taking him down to my old stomping grounds each year for the past seven years to chase these fish. However, this year was different. He would leave camp snatching up a fly rod on his way out, walk to the lake and catch a couple of fish, then return to tell us about his success. No fatherly help necessary! I was very proud of him and the future that he is creating for himself in the world of fly fishing. Most of all I was excited to share this place and these fish with him in a similar way I experienced it when I was his age. This is just a teaser of a longer edit to come… enjoy.

Kids that Fly Fish

Tungsten Surveyor (Jig Hook) – Fastest, Easiest, Most Productive Nymph EVER!

For the past five years or so this Lance Egan creation has been one of the top producing nymph in my arsenal. For the past year Kohler and I have been fishing the Tungsten Surveyor on a Syndicate jig hook which has been dynamite! When it comes to easy, quick to tie, and extremely effective flies the Surveyor nymph is on top of that list.
Tungsten Surveyor Fly Tying

 

Tungsten Surveyor (Jig Nymph) Recipe:

Hook: Syndicate Jig Hook Size 12-16 Buy Here

Bead: Silver Slotted Tungsten Buy Here

Weight: 7-10 Wraps Lead Wire 0.015

Thread: Uni 8/0 Red

Tail: Coq de Leon (Medium or Dark Pardo)

Body: Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

Rib: Silver Wire Size BR

Collar: Dark Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

Tungsten Surveyor

The Tungsten Surveyor jig is extremely effective Euro Nymphing, Czech Nymphing, and even indicator nymphing. The additional weight from the tungsten bead helps this pattern get down to the fish quickly and helps it stay low in the feeding zone longer during each drift.

Original Two-toned Surveyor

Tungsten Surveyor

Kohler began incorporating dark rainbow sow scud dubbing for a thorax many years ago. The darker tone seemed to add a nice component to the fly. With the jig variant it is merely a dubbing collar instead of a thick thorax. Also, this fly is flashy enough with the rainbow dubbing and the red hotspot that the pearl wing case has also been omitted. These slight changes have made this fly even faster to tie, and by no means have we seen a decline in the number of fish we catch. In fact, I have become so confident in jig nymphs that many of my nymphs are being transitioned to these hooks.

Jig Hook Benefits

There are many benefits of fishing jig nymphs including better hook ups primarily in the top of the mouth, better holding power once a fish is hooked, and fewer snags since it rides hook point up which results in fewer lost flies. There may also be other benefits, but these simple advantages have really proven to be helpful when targeting fish nymphing.

Competition Jig Hooks from Syndicate

Syndicate has proven its self over and over again for us. We are firm believers in this hook and now offer it in both sizes 12 and 14 here in our web store.

Slotted Tungsten Beads

Fly Tying Jig Hooks

You can purchase both jig hooks and slotted tungsten from us to get rolling on jig style nymphs. I’m confident you will be pleased with them as well.

Tungsten Torpedo – Fly Tying Video

The Tungsten Torpedo- has there ever been a better name for a tungsten beaded nymph made to sink quickly and get the job done?! Kevin Compton of Performance Flies created this nymph, and it has earned a spot in many fishermen’s boxes. Rightfully so, this fly is fast to tie, and catches fish like crazy. This quick video demonstrates how Fly Tying 123’s own Derek Kohler ties this fly, and the materials he uses.

We have been fishing this fly for a few years now and it is often the top producing fly of the day. In fact, in the middle of December, just this past weekend Kohler and I fished for a couple hours on a nice rainbow trout tailwater. Once again the Tungsten Torpedo yielded the most fish and produced some very nice rainbows.

Tungsten Torpedo Rainbow Trout

Tungsten Torpedo Fly Tying Video

Earlier this year we were fishing a small stream that has a multitude of nice fish, including browns, cutties, and rainbows. The Torpedo was one of the top producing nymphs that day as well, as it often is. This nymph fishes well year round regardless of the season. It is particularly deadly with euro nymphing, czech nymphing, and other competitive fly fishing methods.

Tungsten Torpedo Tying Instructions

Tungsten Torpedo Cutthroat Trout

Tungsten Torpedo Brown Trout

About a year ago we found our preferred jig hook after doing extensive research on the available types of jig hooks on the market. We came to the conclusion that the Syndicate jig hook 400 BK is superior due to it’s unique design. This hook holds fish extremely well, and has proven to be very strong. We like it so much that we offer it here on Fly Tying 123 in size 14. We also have 7/64″ tungsten beads that match this hook perfectly. We hope to expand our sizes in the near future. You can buy the hooks and beads in our shop.

Fly Tying Jig Hooks

Recipe:

Hook: Syndicate Jig Hook Size 14-18 Buy Here

Bead: Slotted Tungsten Buy Here

Tail: Coq de Leon

Body: Olive Uni Thread 8/0

Rib #1: Small Uni Wire – Gold

Rib #2: Sulky Metallic Sliver Tinsel, Black (Buy at local craft store)

Collar: Jan Siman Black Peacock Dubbing

 

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