George Daniel invented the Tungsten Missile Euro Nymph and is now using it when he wants to reach down into the deeper pools quickly. The nymph imitates the baetis or blue winged olive nymph and is an excellent pattern for beginners. You can tie the fly in different sizes, and you should also try to tie it in different colors to match the hatch.
Materials for Tungsten Missile Euro Nymph
|Bead:||Tungsten||Gold 2.4 mm|
|Body:||Hends||Body Quills Olive|
|Rib:||UTC||Gold Wire SM|
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Slideshow on How To Tie a Tungsten Missile Euro Nymph
Step 1 – Make the Tail and Body
Begin with putting the tungsten bead onto the hook. The bead should be a bit oversized for the hook. You want this nymph to sink fast and deep. Tie in your tying thread and continue wrapping even turns until you reach the point where the hook bend begins. Tie in the tail fibers. Use 5 to 7 fibers. The fibers length should be approximately the same as the fly’s body. Do not remove the excess from the fibers, as we want to use these to build up a bulkier body.
Tie in the gold wire for the ribbing. Then tie in the Body Quills. I usually fold the Body Quills double to get a more even and bulkier body. Start wrapping the Body Quills around the hook shank. Make sure the wraps are slightly overlapping. You could also wrap the Body Quills over a tiny drop of varnish if you want a more robust fly. Finish off the body with a few wraps of gold wire for the rib.
Step 2 – Make the Thorax
The thorax should be a bit smaller than the size of the tungsten bead. Make a thin dubbing noodle with the olive Ice Dub. This material is easy to dub, so you do not need to make a dubbing loop. Build up the thorax by wrapping the dubbing noodle around the hook shank. Secure the fly with a whip finish or a few half-hitches and some varnish.
How to Fish the Tungsten Missile Euro Nymph
This tungsten bead nymph is built to dive into fast-flowing waters or the deeper pools. It can be fished alone or as the dropper on a tandem rig. The fly imitates the Baetis nymph, but if you tie it in different sizes and colors, it can imitate anything from a midge to larger mayfly nymphs.