Ratter Baits Tungsten Beads
Tungsten beads are part of the arsenal for every fly tyer - at least when nymphs and streamers are on the menu. Tungsten has several key advantages over other materials (brass, lead, etc.): First, the weight-to-volume ratio is significantly higher compared to most other metals used in the fly tying world. As a result, your nymph sinks faster towards the bottom and smaller patterns can be fished effectively. A huge plus on heavily fished waters! When streamer fishing, heavier patterns are not pushed to the surface as quickly and instead stay in “the zone” longer. Apart from better fish catching characteristics, Tungsten is also non-toxic and therefore is safer for both us fishermen and the environments we love - lakes, rivers, and coastlines.
If you want to give your pattern an extra point of irritation, then you should definitely try the colored anodized tungsten beads! Let your imagination run wild with the wide variety of colors!