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Unleashing the Tungsten Torpedo: A Versatile Fly Pattern for All Angling Adventures

Unleashing the Tungsten Torpedo: A Versatile Fly Pattern for All Angling Adventures

As fly fishing enthusiasts we are always on the lookout for the perfect fly pattern that can mimic various aquatic insects and entice the most selective fish. The Tungsten Torpedo is one such creation that combines innovation and tradition to create a fly that stands out in the crowd. Here, we'll dive into the details of this remarkable pattern, explore its unique features, and discuss its versatility in different angling scenarios.

The Anatomy of the Tungsten Torpedo:

The Tungsten Torpedo boasts a well-thought-out design that caters to the needs of fly anglers across various situations. Let's break down its key components:

Tungsten Bead Head:

The inclusion of a tungsten bead head serves a dual purpose. The tungstenbead adds weight to the fly, allowing it to sink quickly into the fish's feeding zone. This is particularly advantageous when targeting fish in deeper waters or fast currents. 

Goose Biot Tail and Legs:

The Tungsten Torpedo's realistic appearance is further enhanced by the use of goose biot for the tail and legs. This provides a lifelike quality that can fool even the wariest of fish, making it a go-to choice for anglers seeking a more authentic presentation.

Tinsel Body with UV Resin Coating:

The body of the fly is constructed using tinsel, which adds a subtle shimmer and flashes underwater. To enhance durability and improve the fly's longevity, the tinsel body is coated with UV Resin. This not only increases the fly's lifespan but also ensures it glides smoothly through the water.

Dubbing Thorax:

The thorax is tied using dubbing, creating a more substantial and lifelike profile. This element contributes to the overall effectiveness of the fly, as it accurately replicates the body structure of various aquatic insects.

Black Widow Tungsten Torpedo Fly  Tying Tutorial:


Black Widow Tungsten Torpedo Materials List:

  1. Hook: Moonlit Premium TOGATTA ML501 sz12-16 
  2. Bead: Moonlit Slotted Tungsten Matte Black 3.5mm-2.5mm
  3. Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed 12/0 Black
  4. Tail: Semperfli Black Goose Biots
  5. Body: Semperfli Black Sparkle 1/69" Tinsel
  6. Thorax: Vicuna Black Peacock Dubbing
  7. Legs: Semperfli Black Goose Biots
  8. UV Resin: Solarez Thin Hard
  9. UV Light: Moonlit UV Pen 

Versatility in Action:

The Tungsten Torpedo's adaptability makes it a valuable addition to any angler's arsenal. Here's how it excels in different fishing scenarios:

Mayfly Nymph:  The Tungsten Torpedo's slender profile and realistic features make it an excellent representation of a mayfly nymph, a staple in many fish diets.

Attractor Pattern:  The flashy tinsel body and UV Resin coating make the Tungsten Torpedo a standout attractor pattern, drawing attention and provoking strikes from curious fish.

Anchor Fly:  The tungsten bead head ensures the fly reaches the desired depth quickly, making it an ideal choice as an anchor fly in a nymphing setup.

Stonefly Nymphs:  The Tungsten Torpedo's design closely resembles stonefly nymphs, making it an effective choice when these larger insects are on the menu for hungry fish. Substitute the ML511 Jig for this pattern in larger sizes with two sets of Goose Biot Legs vs the one set.

Little Black Stonefly Nymph:  By altering colors and sizes, anglers can easily modify the Tungsten Torpedo to imitate the smaller Little Black Stonefly Nymph, catering to specific hatch conditions.


The Tungsten Torpedo stands out as a versatile and effective fly pattern that combines modern materials with classic design principles. Whether you're targeting mayflies, stoneflies, or simply looking for a reliable attractor pattern, this fly has you covered. Experiment with colors and sizes to match the hatch, and watch as the Tungsten Torpedo becomes an indispensable tool in your fly fishing adventures.  With the different sizes and colors, this pattern is a must-have in your fly box year-round.

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