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BEADS EXTRA WEIGHT: PROFILE: SEGMENTED BODIES: FLASH AND SHINE: MATERIALS: SIZES: EYES: EXTENDED BEAD BODY BOOKS:
Most common uses are for bodies
and heads. Extended bodies and eyes
are a few of the other possibilities.
Beads add extra weight
Some beads add extra buoyancy.
Beads will add bulk to the fly.
Very realistic segmented bodies
can be created with the use of
Beads are available in some eye
popping colors and reflective
properties. Glass beads have a
Beads can be made from glass,
metal, plastic and wood. Have
seen them made from minerals
such as quartz, turquoise and
even just plain granite. This list
could go on and on and there
are some crazy bead makers.
Most beads used and sold in fly
tying shops are much more
straight foward. They are
economically priced while
lookig like more expensive
1.5mm or 1/16" brass bead compaired
to a penny. The hook is size #26
Beads are generally measured
in metric and sometimes inches.
Fly tying beads are uusually sold
in sizes x-small, small, medium,
large and x-large.
Beads can be used for eyes.
Chain style beads can be purchased
at most fly tying shops.
This a Purple Eyed Monster Bass Fly.
The purple over-sized beads are from a
cheap necklace that we found laying on
the ground. A few modifications and this
could be a good bass pattern.
Extended bead bodies take a little
extra time, but they might be worth it.
There are some really great patterns.
We don't buy a lot of books, but would
recommend "TYING GLASS BEAD FLIES"
by Joe J. Warren. It is easy to read and
understand, with some great patterns.
FLASH AND SHINE:
EXTENDED BEAD BODY
Fly tying equipment and materials reference guide
Learn how to tie artificial flies for fishing and display.
FLY TYING BEADS