Winter Fly Fishing

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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Field Report – Rowley Stone in Central PA

Since posting the fly tying video of the Rowley Stone we’ve received tons of positive feedback from many anglers across the country.

Colby Welshans recently reported form Mill Hall, PA on his recent success using the Rowley Stone:

“Finally got out on the water today with the warm up happening in Central PA.. water was good and the Rowley Stone produced a hefty brown!  Took a few pictures to share with you.  Glad I stumbled across the pattern… knew it would be killer out here.  Thanks again!”

Pennsylvania Brown Trout

Colby has an excellent eye for photography, so if you are looking for great streamside shots check him out on Instagram at @c.j.welshansphotography

Rowley Stone Close Up

We are super excited that other’s are finding success with this pattern as well. If you want to learn how to tie this fly click ROWLEY STONE.

Also, after you tie up some of the flies found on Fly Tying 123 and end up catching some fish, snap some pics and throw them in an email. We’d love to share them!

FISH ON!!!

Piggly Wiggly Imitator – Fly Tying Video

Tungsten nymphs are superior in most fly fishing situations. The Piggly Wiggly Imitator is no exception. The pink anodized bead, and the pink rib work together to attract trout year round.

On a cold January afternoon Kohler and I were fishing the lower Provo and having a tough time sticking fish. We were filling through our boxes and trying fly after fly for a few hours without much success. Toward the end of our allotted time to fish Kohler pulled out a fly that neither of us had ever fished, an unnamed jig style nymph with an anodized pink tungsten bead. For the next 30 minutes the fly was rarely found outside a fishes mouth. As for the name of the fly, well for about a year it remained without a name, but eventually the name Piggly Wiggly stuck… not sure where it came from, but it stuck 😉

Below is a quick film from that day on the Provo when the Piggly Wiggly came to be.

This is one of the quickest and easiest flies to tie. It also fishes well with a gold bead and a gold rib (essentially a gold ribbed hare’s ear). As jig hooks continue to gain popularity, especially amongst competition fly fishermen, it can be difficult to find quality jig hooks. This pattern is tied on a Fulling Mill Hook, but any jig hook in which you are confident will suffice. These hooks are tough and durable, and Kohler and I are very confident in their quality. Take just a few minutes, tie up a handful and give them a shot.

Piggly Wiggly Fly Pattern

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Hook – Size 14-16
Thread: Uni 8/0 Camel
Bead: Slotted Tungsten – Anodized Pink
Tail: CDC Natural
Body: Natural Squirrel
Rib: Pink Sulky Ribbon (from your local craft store)

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