In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Fly Fish Food ties a true grease pattern that is long overdue, the Tungsten Belly Worm.
It has been weeks, possibly months, since a true grease pattern has been in this series. Regardless of the species, fish downright eat worms. Whether it’s tarpon in the Florida Keys or trout in Montana, worms are a delicacy that not many fish will pass up. Growing up fishing for many anglers began with a worm on a hook beneath a bobber. Now, we sophisticated fly fisherman put the Tungsten Belly Worm under a strike indicator.
For beginner tyers, this fly is one to stock up on. This goes toe-to-toe with the mop fly for the easiest fly to tie and its production will have you tying dozens. The color of chenille can be changed as well, helping cover different shades that worms may take on. Adding a tungsten bead ensures a fast sink rate of the Tungsten Belly Worm, getting into the strike zone as quickly as possible.
During the spring and summer months this fly has the potential to be a top producer. The Tungsten Belly Worm is perfect for an attractor in a double nymph rig or even in a dry dropper setup. From tailwaters to freestones, when the fish aren’t biting this is a great fly to show them. No matter the skill level in tying or fishing, this is a fly that anyone can tie and use on the river. There is great satisfaction of catching a fish on a fly you have tied, and the Tungsten Belly Worm may be just that fly for you.
- Hook: Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless – 12
- Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread – 12/0 – Red
- Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads – Neon Colors – Fl. Orange – 1/8″ (3.3mm)
- Body: Ultra Chenille – Red
Now you know how to tie the Tungsten Belly Worm!
Video and ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food.