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Eyes, beads, and cones - history, usage, tying and fishing weighted flies.
Beads add weight and a shine of gold
By Martin Joergensen
In this section:
- Bead chain
Tying them on
Flies with eyes:
Crazy Dane Flies with beads:
Bead Head Scud
Goldkopf nymph Flies with cones:
Magnus cone Further reading:
of the bead head
Bead chain eyes
Many of the most common bead head patterns use the brass or gold bead, which is widely available in many sizes. Almost any wet fly can be equipped with such a bead - if not for beauty then for effective, deep fishing. Some fishers also advocate that the shine of the bead will be an added attraction for the fish, which does not seem an unlikely theory. A theory along the same lines goes that the goldbead imitates the airbubble that most emerging insects, (particularly caddis pupae), have in their bodies, enabling them to rise to the surface.
Some Europeans use slightly different beads in which both holes are uniform. Consequently, they are a bit heavier. But, more importantly, these beads are goldplated and will keep their shine. Most beads available will eventually get dull.
The size of the bead will depend on a few factors: hook size, pattern and desired weight.
I've seen small flies with humongous beads - and they've worked fine. But generally the beads are chosen in sizes that harmonize with the hook and the pattern. Small fat nymphs can bear relativly larger beads than slender streamers. This is mostly an aestathic consideration, but still. Some of the problems can be overcome by using cone heads which blend better into most slender patterns.
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