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[Video] How to Tie the Poison Tung and Unleash the Blue Fury!

Ken Sperry

Posted by Ken Sperry

February 8, 2024

Tim Flager

Tired of skimpy winter flies that promise magic but deliver meh? Ditch the damsels in distress and embrace the dark side with Tim Flagler’s Poison Tung!

This micro monster isn’t your average midge imitation. Inspired by Charlie Craven’s Deep Blue Poison Tung, Flagler’s version cranks up the contrast with a stark white body and bold blue ribbing. Trust us, fish can’t resist the hypnotic glow of this aquatic assassin.

But the Poison Tung isn’t just a pretty face. This versatile fly shines as the bottom dropper in a tandem rig, enticing even the wariest trout. Plus, Flagler shows you how to rig with a larger, nymph-like version with a touch of weight, making them a deadlydeadly combo year-round.

So, ditch the dainty damsels and tie up a handful of these blue bombers. Who knows, you might just unlock the forbidden power of the Poison Tung and dominate your winter waters!

Poison Tung Material List

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.