Video: How to Tie the Poison Tung

If you’re looking for a great winter midge pattern with magical powers, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions has got one for you. His Poison Tung is a variation on Charlie Craven’s Deep Blue Poison Tung. Flagler’s version is a bit smaller and offers more contrast between the white body and rib, but both patterns are based on the mystical, fish-attracting power of the color blue.

At the end of his video, Flagler explains how to fish the Poison Tung as the bottom fly on a tandem rig, a strategy that ever fly-fisher should be familiar with. So twist up some of these on tiny hooks, and then make larger, more nymph-live versions that feature some weight. The combination should be extremely effective.

          Poison Tung
          Hook: 2X-short emerger hook (here, a Dai-Riki #125), size 22.
          Bead: Silver Gray Killer Caddis glass bead, midge size.
          Thread: White, 70-denier or 8/0.
          Rib: Gun Metal Blue Ultra Wire, size X-SM.
          Body: Tying thread.
          Thorax: Light gray SLF Prism Dubbing.
          Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers.

4 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the Poison Tung”

  1. Please link me to somewhere I can buy the plunger-style hackle pliers – I’ve tried multiple Radio Shacks without success!!

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  3. I love your products and service.
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