Eyes, beads, and cones - history, usage, tying and fishing weighted flies.

Just a bead with a different shape?

By Martin Joergensen

In this section:
- Bead chain
- Cast/dumbbell
Tying them on

Flies with eyes:
Fair Fly
Crazy Dane

Flies with beads:
Flashback Prince

Bead Head Scud
Goldkopf nymph

Flies with cones:
Coney flies
Magnus cone

Further reading:
The history
  of the bead head

Bead chain eyes
Monofilament eyes
Pearl eyes

Roman Moser's slender brass cones
used for the FMJNM.

I have always been a big fan of the bullet shaped beads - also known as cones. These will in my opinion lend much more style to a fly that any round bead. The round beads are very common though, and the overall effect is excactly the same.

Integrated part
The cone shape seems to integrate better with almost any fly. Good examples are Bas Verschoor's Coney flies, which could be tied with round beads, but look much better with Bestco's cones.
My own cone headed Nutria Muddler would not be the same with a round bead or two and even the banal Woolly Bugger type of fly like the Magnus can benefit from the aerodynamical shape of a cone compared to a round bead.

Orange Devil, no cone (right)

Orange Devil with cone (Left)

Cones can be split into many types. The most ordinary one is the conical brass cone, but cone heads come in many shapes, materials and colors. The newest cones are extra heavy tungsten cones.


Cones and eyes from Bestco - a company that can deliver a large assortment.

Continue with tying instructions
More ways to improve your tying

User comments
GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted September 22nd 2011


Unfortunately I don't think Bestco exists anymore.


From: Jan - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted September 16th 2011


could you give a hint where to buy Bestco Coneheads in Europe, I didn't fint them.



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