Tungsten Surveyor


Tungsten Surveyor

The Tungsten Surveyor is one of my lesser known patterns, which I find interesting since the pattern is one of my more productive flies.  It just works.    
The Surveyor is a product of my love of Wapsi, rainbow sow scud dubbing and the hares ear.  When I found fish really liked the Rainbow Warrior, another of my confidence flies was a bead head hares ear.  With the success of the Warrior, I couldn't help but wonder how the fish would react to a hares ear tied with rainbow sow scud dubbing.  Naturally, I started tinkering with a nymph similar to a bead head hares ear by substituting the hares mask dubbing for rainbow sow scud dub.  A few versions later I had changed bead colors (gold to silver), adapted ribbing materials (gold tinsel to silver wire) and borrowed red thread, pheasant tail and pearl flash back from the Rainbow Warrior.  The result is the Tungsten Surveyor.  Fill a row in your nymph box.  If you're out of space, buy a new Tacky or Umpqua box to fill with fish catching Surveyors.

Material List

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Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Nickel - 7/64" (2.8mm)     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red     
Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .010     
Tail: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Natural     
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Silver - Small     
Abdomen: Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing - Rainbow     
Wing Case: Pearl Tinsel - Large     
Thorax: Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing - Rainbow     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Renzetti Master Vise     
C&F Design Bobbin     
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool