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.
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.
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.
After a couple of years of tying, I was drawn to learn how to weave. It seemed easy enough…..until I tried! It took me some time to learn, but now my box is full of these bugs! They are a durable fly that catch fish! They are built like a rock, so they sink fast. The other reason I like these bugs is that there are an endless amount of variations to this fly. It can be built like a caddis, stonefly, cranefly, or whatever else you can think of. Please see the pics of some of our favorites variations!
A quick story on this fly, I had been tying this fly and trying it out for a year or so before I finally decided to really give the fly a try on my local river. The day ended up with two 20″+ browns making their way into my net (along with many other fish!). I have caught a lot of fish on this river, but nothing over 20″. It was a memorable day, and I often start the day off with a version of this fly!! (see video below to see story and fish caught with woven nymphs!!)
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.