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Eyes, beads, and cones - history, usage, tying and fishing weighted flies.
Adding metal to your flies - for looks and weight
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
The eyes and beads discussed here are made from metal: brass, steel, lead - even tungsten. This will make them heavy and thus add weight to the fly. The weight will bring the fly down and often give it a certain behaviour - a diving or jigging motion.
But it will also add to the looks of the fly, the most obvious case being eyes added to fish or fry patterns like streamers. They really look like the eyes of the fish they're supposed to imitate. But also the shiny bead added to many larva or nymph patterns will act as a visual enhancement as well as a weight.
I don't fish jigs!
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