Trick for tying beads and cones
by Ken Collins - February 23, 2015
The advantages for tying beads or cones to your favourite fly patterns are easy to grasp. First, you can add weight to your fly for greater fishing depths. Second, this shiny bead or cone glitters in the water which can be a big attractor to fish. Remember there is a time on the water where this glint will not help produce fish strikes. In other words, be flexible have a variety of patterns tied no beads, shiny beads and non shiny beads.
This being said and now applied to your fly box arsenal will be good news indeed. But, so many times I have bought or used someone else’s bead head patterns and within three casts. The bead has rammed itself down the hook shank causing the fly pattern to look like squashed ball of fuss on a hook. Of course it’s garbage and now I am retying another fly on the line when I should be fishing.
Try this tying trick with your beads and cones and never worry about slipping beads every again!