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Eyes, beads, and cones - history, usage, tying and fishing weighted flies.
Eyes are a central strike trigger
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
|Any ethologist will tell you that eyes are very imporant as a stimulus in predator behaviour. Many will recognize the fish that hide their eyes in a stripe, but have a very distinct eye spot on the tail - all in order to attract the predators to the tail end, where they do the least harm.
Don't shoot till you see...
There are several types of metal eyes available for fly tying. The simplest and most inexpensive are the bead chain eyes, which are cut from long chains of metal beads.
Many patterns actually sport both dumbbell eyes for weight and dolls or mono eyes for imitation purposes.
To some types of metal eyes you can add stick-on eyes, while others again come with ready painted or glued eyes.
A Fair Fly with Bestco painted eyes is definitely very fishy.
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