For ages, panfish purists have nabbed crappies, sunfish, and perch on Northland’s acclaimed Gypsi Jig® and Fire-Fly Jig. The defining details and performance make them upper crust choices. The new Tungsten Crappie King Fly is destined to even succeed their historic fish-catching capabilities.
As a category, hair-jigs deliver a natural, flowing action that entices fish without live bait additives. And with the Tungsten Crappie King Fly, there’s a new alternative that casts longer and drops faster.
Tungsten is at the core. The heavy-for-its-size metal is 30% denser than lead, getting down quickly and casting exceptional distances. Once down there, anglers will feel more bites because of the hardness of the material, which telegraphs more sensitivity up the line, through the rod, and into the anglers’ hands. The eco-friendly material is also better for the environment.
Beyond their high-performance tungsten heads, Northland’s Tungsten Crappie King Fly features a hand-tied feather/tinsel tail, which comes in a menagerie of colors. Often, fishing the right color on a particular body of water is critical. Lakes, rivers, reservoirs have personalities. On some, panfish are partial to pink, and others, it might be natural hues or strains of green. Point being that Northland has you covered.
The Tungsten Crappie King Fly is also outfitted with an ultra-sharp, perfectly-proportioned hook designed for the delicate mouths of panfish. They penetrate quickly and hold with authority.
Bro Talks Tungsten
Renowned guide and grandmaster of panfish, Brian “Bro” Brosdahl, dishes, “I’ll start by pitching the Tungsten Crappie King Fly without a bobber, let it fall naturally, always feeling for ticks and watching my line. That first drop is important. Panfish like when it first hits the water and drops. It’s natural. So be ready.”
Once in the water, if not already consumed, Bro experiments with jigging sequences to find the precise potion. And, he says, it’s the tail that does the heavy lifting. “I love how the hand-tied hair pulses in the water. You can catch loads of crappies without any live bait at all, which makes it efficient to fish. I mean, you catch one, reel it in, unhook, release, or throw in the ‘well, and pitch it right back out there. When you’re on pods or schools of crappies that are moving, this kind of quick fishing can be key. This is exactly the bait to do that without any need for live bait or soft plastic.”
However, if the panfish are neutral to negative, Bro will thread a chunk of ‘crawler or waxworm under the jig hair—a trick that’s converted countless 10-inch-or-better bluegills. Moreover, while testing the Tungsten Crappie King Fly, Bro and his guide clients tapped legions of sag-bellied perch.
“Get a little wind and you can still cast these jigs straight,” he continues. They throw farther than lead and you have better control and sensitivity when using light line. Another benefit of being able to maintain a straight line to the jig is you feel bites better and hooksets are generally solid. And you don’t have to wait for your jig to reach the fish, which can be painfully slow with small lead panfish jigs.”
Early in the spring, when panfish range shallow to feed and ultimately spawn, floats come into play. Bro will tie a Tungsten Crappie King Fly under a Northland Lite-Bite Slip Bobber, setting the jig down halfway through the water column. So, if it’s four-feet deep, the jig rests at two. After casting, it’s a cycle of light pops and slow drags. Panfish react favorably to this mellow approach, especially in cooler water.
So, whether your fish are deep, shallow, or somewhere in-between, Northland’s new Tungsten Crappie King Fly offers the utility and performance to get the job done.
Tungsten Crappie King Fly FEATURES:
Tungsten head that is 30% more dense than lead
Casts long and drops fast
Ultra-sharp smaller hook perfect for panfish
3D holographic red eyes and hand-tied tail
Super-Glo Paint on certain colors
COLORS: Super-Glo White, Bumble Bee, Olive, Super-Glo Pinky, Bubblegum, Sunrise, Super-Glo Moonlight, and Parakeet
MSRP $7.99 (2/Card)
AVAILABLE SPRING 2024