Nymphs

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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Euro Nymphing FAST Pack

Euro Nymphing Supplies

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Are you ready to get started??? Euro Nymphing is hands down the most productive method we utilize for catching fish. We want to make it very easy for everyone to improve their catch rate with this great technique. For a short time we are offering what we call a “Fast Pack” to help you get started.

Items included:

Tacky Day Pack – $22.00 Value

Tacky Day Pack For Sale

One of the coolest features about this box is the amount of flies it holds relative to it’s size. It’s the perfect box to use as a “Working Fly Box” or in other words load it up with a handful of the patterns that you fish 80% of the time. The silicone slits will not wear out like foam tends to, and the durability of this box is second to none.

Here are a few of the specs behind the box:

  • Dimensions: 5″  x  3″  x  3/4″
  • Holds up to 180 flies
  • New bi-directional slit design
  • Latch-less mangnetic closure system

One Dozen Tungsten Nymphs – $30.00 Value

Kohler and I have selected our top producing nymphs, and we’ve been tying like crazy in anticipation of supplying them here. The nymphs range in size and weight and can be fished in almost any water type found in rivers and streams. Here are our go-to patterns we are including (two of each):

Mayday Mayfly (Size 16)

Mayday Mayfly - Brown

Lickety Split (Size 14)

Lickety Split Nymph

Frenchie (Size 14)

Frenchie Nymph

Two-toned Surveyor (Size 12)

Tungsten Surveyor

Prince Kohler (Size 12)

Prince Kohler

Pay Czech (Size 10)

Pay Czech Nymph

Euro Nymphing Sighter – $5.00 Value

Euro Nymphing SighterEuro Nymphing Leader Setup

One key to tight line nymphing is a colored piece of straight mono tied into your leader. This will help detect strikes, and truly is essential. There are two sighters in each pack, and we will make sure to include a leader diagram to help you get started.

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Vladi Condom Worm – Fly Tying Video

If you ask a kid what fish like to eat, more than likely you will get the response “worms!” Everyone knows that right? Fortunately it’s not tough to wrap a few material on a hook to mimic one of trout’s favorite snacks. However, there are a few tips in this fly tying video that will make tying a latex (condom) worm much easier.
The Vladi Worm is a favorite amongst competition anglers and recreational fly fishers alike. The ease of tying, and the effectiveness on the water make this fly a true winner. One of my favorite applications for the Vladi Worm is on tailwaters where trout are very picky and used to selecting extremely small midges, BWO’s, and scuds. When a healthy morsel the size of a worm passes by many of those picky fish do not hesitate. Thus, rivers such as the Green River below Flaming Gorge, the Provo River, and the San Juan all fish well with worm imitations. In fact, another worm variation, possibly the most popular worm pattern out there was developed on the San Juan and was properly named the “San Juan Worm”. In my opinion the Vladi Worm is a bit more versatile and is typically my first choice of worm imitations.

Vladi Worm Provo River RainbowThere are a few key elements that make the Vladi Worm more appealing to me than the San Juan Worm. First, I primarily fish weighted flies instead of using split shot. I can easily add additional weight to the Vladi and cover it with latex to really help the fly get down. As much as I try to add weight to the San Juan Worm it never seams to function the way I hoped. If you primarily fish indicator rigs with split shot then the San Juan Worm can be deadly. However, the condom worm fishes well in both situations which makes it more appealing to me.

Vladi Worm Provo River Brown

This pattern is often tied on curved or bent hooks that imitate the shape of a worm. The pattern demonstrated here is very similar to how Team USA member Lance Egan ties the Vladi Worm. It utilizes a standard scud hook and very few additional materials. I don’t think the bent hooks hurt any, but I also am not convinced they are necessary. Either way, the techniques and materials used in the above video will work great regardless of the choice of hook.

Vladi Worm Fly Tying InstructionsThe Vladi Worm tied in a variety of weights (each on is discussed on the video above) has a permanent spot in my nymph box. For both Czech Nymphing and Euro Nymphing this fly is often found tied on my rig.

Heavy Nymph Box - Vladi Worm

Recipe

Hook: Dai-Riki 135 Size 6

Thread (Body): UTC 140 Denier Rusty Brown

Thread (Head): UTC 70 Denier Fl. Pink

Weight: 0.020 Lead, or anodized pink tungsten bead for a super heavy version

Rib: 4X Monofilament

Body: Crown Condom (Pink) cut in a 3/8″ (10mm) strip Buy Here

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