Thanks gentlemen. I tied quite a few of this style (bead behind the hackle softies), and sent them out for field testing.
When I got no “wow” reviews, I thought I’d come up with a “fishless wonder”. Turns out that, just like me, no one had a chance to try them out. Finally some very positive reports came back so I posted the photo. Seems favored color choice is dependent on the waters being fished (as you might expect). Still hoping someone will try some of those bright beads as a sub for a hotspot. We are in the midst of a snowstorm here so I’ll wait to hear from anyone willing to tie and try.
now is that bead chain or just bead ,,,, I have been o a bead chain eye groove for a bit, I have been trying to Post my ties but y tablet keeps saying " flyflasher stopped working" ake me crazy , cause I want to show get oppion,,, may it will start again someday, 90% of my fishing is Brook an rainbow, up here in Colorado,
#Michael#hackwith , these are just beads not bead chain but hey, might have to try these using bead chain.
I tried a myriad of color combos using copper, brass, and black beads. I’m still going to tie a few with colored beads and see if that has a positive effect. So far the color combos that have worked best are all over the ballpark depending on the waters fished.
It’s been my experience that water clarity plays a large role as well. I favor copper beads and black for really dirty water. Hoping to get more feedback from my “field testers”.
I’ve had some “interesting” (read mystifying) experiences with other patterns that kill only on certain waters. Assume this is due to the critters in particular waters. What mystifies me is that I consider soft hackles/spiders to be only very vaguely imitative. I’d have thought if a pattern worked in one place, it would work everywhere. So much to learn, so little time.
Would like to see your latest efforts, hope you can get the issue worked out with the site.
Typically it’s tied across the hook shank (one bead on each side of the shank). It’s tied in with figure eight wraps just behind the hook eye and used as eyes or simply just for weight. #mark#schwartz keep in mind adding weight on top of the hook will usually cause the fly to flip over so the hook point rides up. This isn’t a bad thing. When I’m using bead chain, it’s usually the first material I tie on. Most of the damsel fly or dragonfly nymphs posted here use beadchain. Check them out to see what I mean Mark.
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