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The  "bead head" has become one of the most popular categories of wet flies (nymphs). This is because the weight of a brass or tungsten bead helps keep the fly very close to the bottom where trout are used to seeing and capturing their food. The flash of a bead has also proven to be very attractive to several other kinds of sport fish such as bass and panfish. Possibly a bead just makes the fly easier for the fish to locate your fly. The bead head flies listed on our site are offered in the most productive sizes.


A Brief History of Bead Head Nymphs and European Fishing Methods

Bead head style flies that are now so popular in America and Europe actually originated in the central part of Europe more than 100 years ago. According to Roman Moser, who is acknowledged as the world's authority on the subject, the roots of the bead head fly lies in Northern Italy. By 1900, fishermen of Piedmont, Bergamo, Brescia and Friuli fished in their alpine rivers with this type of nymph.

The nymphs were built on snelled hooks. These hooks, like many hooks from the earliest eras, were constructed without eyes, as eyed hooks were very difficult to make with the forging processes available at the time. A silk gut snell was affixed to the hook shank with an overwrap of tying thread. The fly was constructed covering the snell. The body of the nymph was usually made from pure silk floss ribbed with gold, silver, or black metal wire. The silk fly bodies became translucent when they got wet. Instead of a conventional head made from tying thread, a glass pearl bead was slipped in place. In the Tyrolean rivers, these simple flies were often fished under a special wooden float with conventional casting gear. Evidently this method proved to be "too effective," because it has now been outlawed from many rivers for conservation reasons. If you would like to know about the history of the bead head fly, check out this fascinating article by Roman Moser.

Locally, bead head flies are usually fished under floats called strike indicators by anglers using fly fishing gear. Bead head nymphs are often fished on multiple-fly rigs. Fishing two and three fly rigs is very popular. This fishing technique is probably just as effective as the Tyrolean method, but remains legal because most local trout rivers are regulated as "catch and release" only.

Fly fishing tournaments are a popular form of recreation in Europe. Vladi Trzebunia from Poland was the 1989 gold medalist and member of the Polish team. This team took the fly fishing world by storm when they introduced the Polish nymph. That year, with this fly and the newly created method of fishing known today as Polish Nymphing, Vladi caught more fish by himself than the next three ranked teams combined. "Czech Nymphing" is very much like the locally evolved method and often employs woven body nymphs constructed with gold beads.

Bead Heads are also popular in the construction of many flies used in still water.


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Barrs Tung Teaser Barrs Tung Teaser
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Another killer pattern from John Barr, this fly incorporates a tungsten bead and elements from the Copper John, Prince Nymph and Hare's Ear. Can appear as a large mayfly nymph or a smaller stonefly nymph. A great dropper fly to be used as weight to get deep with smaller/lighter weight flies. The Tung Teaser pattern is especially productive during low light hours when nymphs are redistributing themselves during natural behavioral drift cycles and are exposed to trout. These cycles are heaviest...

Bead Head Ascending Caddis Bead Head Ascending Caddis
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Bead Head Batman Nymph Bead Head Batman Nymph
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Bead Head Batman Nymph This fly is designed as a purple searching nymph that is styled after the ever popular Prince Nymph. Searching nymphs are flies like Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tails etc. Basically, they are flies that don't necessarily represent a specific bug but are close enough in proportion to various nymphs and can often times be more successful getting trout to hand if the angler is not "spot on" as to what bug trout are keying on. Not sure exactly why this fly turned on. It just seems...

Picture: Bead Head Birds Nest Fly
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Bead Head Bird's Nest, NaturalThis pattern was designed by the late Cal Bird in 1959, who owned a small fly shop in San Francisco in the 40's and 50's. The Bird's Nest was first tied for the Truckee River as a caddis pupa pattern. Doubtful that the first Bird's Nests were tied with bead-heads as this was not the fashion until the mid-1980's.Bead Head Bird's Nest, OliveOriginal Bird's Nests were tied in various shades. Olive was one of the original colors, which has remained popular to the...

Picture, Bead Head Caddis Larva, Olive
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Bead Head Olive Caddis Larva The Bead Head Olive Caddis Larva is a killer Deschutes fly during late winter and early spring. During this time period dozens of these flies are shipped from our store. In rivers, Caddis larvae can be divided into three basic types; case builders, net spinners and free-living roamers. All caddis larvae are subject to periodic behavioral drift cycles. This is how populations disperse themselves. Both free-living and net spinning caddis larvae can produce a silken...

Picture, Bead Head Caddis Larva, tan
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Bead Head Tan Caddis Larva The Bead Head Tan Caddis Larva is a killer Deschutes fly during late winter and early spring. During this time period dozens of these flies are shipped from our store. In rivers, Caddis larvae can be divided into three basic types; case builders, net spinners and free-living roamers. All caddis larvae are subject to periodic behavioral drift cycles. This is how populations disperse themselves. Both free-living and net spinning caddis larvae can produce a silken...

Picture, Bead Head Caddis Pupa, Olive
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Bead Head Olive Caddis Pupa The Bead Head Olive Caddis Pupa is a killer Deschutes fly from early spring through late fall. This fly may be fished dead drift along the bottom or fished on the swing. Trout eat 'em.

Bead Head Chironomid Pupa Bead Head Chironomid Pupa
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Often referred to as a snow-cone because of the pearl white bead used to add weight and to simulate the white gills of a midge pupa. This is one of the simplest of all flies to tie, but often not tied that well. Because of the simplicity, beginning tyers are broken-in on this fly. That is not the case here. These flies are tied to be authentic for color, and tied for durability as well. These flies cover the gambit of sizes that occur in the natural world, and are a necessity in any fly box...

Bead Head Chrome Chironomid Bead Head Chrome Chironomid
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At one time labeled as: "Premium Skunk Repellent," the Idyl's Chrome Chironomid is one of those fly patterns that wasn't designed to match any hatch. Yet, it was designed to match hatches of many hatches of Chironomids. As the real critters hatch they become very shiny. The Chrome Chironomid is kind of goofy looking, but not when stuck in a trout's jaw. They work.

Bead Head Flashback Pheasant Tail Bead Head Flashback Pheasant Tail
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This is a very popular pattern that looks like a Mayfly Nymph that is about ready to hatch. This fly pattern is very effective during Baetis, Callibaetis and Pale Morning Dun hatches.

Bead Head Guides Choice Hares Ear Bead Head Guides Choice Hares Ear
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Bead Head Hares Ear, Natural Bead Head Hares Ear, Natural
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Bead Head Lightning Bug, Black Bead Head Lightning Bug, Black
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I like to refer to these as STD's. Yes, Save The Day flies. When all else fails, reach into the box for a Lightning Bug and it is kind of like turning the bite switch to ON. Black Lightning Bugs fish great in low light morning and evenings and off color water making a great mayfly nymph silhouette. This is a great fly for fishing mid-morning, before the winter baetis hatch. ...

Bead Head Lightning Bug, Pearl Green Bead Head Lightning Bug, Pearl Green
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Bead Head Lightning Bug, Pearl GreenThese flies have proven themselves for Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Bull trout.

Bead Head Lightning Bug, Red Bead Head Lightning Bug, Red
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These flies have proven themselves for Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Bull trout.Fish with Red Lightning Bugs especially hard fall through winter and early spring in smaller sizes.

Bead Head Lightning Bug, Silver Bead Head Lightning Bug, Silver
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Lightning Bugs are not necessarily new; they are just great nymphs that command attention on all rivers. Silver Lightning Bugs in various sizes are good all year long and belong right next to your Hare's Ear and Pheasant Tails. This can also be a very good fly when tiny fry are emerging. Enough of the smoochy stuff, you animal !!!

Bead Head Little Black Sloan Bead Head Little Black Sloan
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This winter stonefly nymph pattern was designed by David Sloan. It represents the small species of winter emerging stoneflies and also the smaller instars of a salmonfly nymph, which may take more than one season to reach full size. This makes the Little Black Sloan a good bet any time of year during low light conditions, when stonefly nymphs are likely to be mixed into the behavioral drift cycles.

Picture, Bead Head Micro Girdle Bug, Purple
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Bead Head Montana Prince Bead Head Montana Prince
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Travis Johnson says he first became aquainted with the Montana Blue Prince Nymph when a client tied one on the end of his leader and caught a trout with his first cast while fishing the Deschutes River in Oregon. This bug is a hot item from early spring through the summer months.

Bead Head Pheasant Tail Bead Head Pheasant Tail
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Searching nymphs are flies like Hare?s Ear, Pheasant Tails etc. Basically, they are flies that don?t necessarily represent a specific bug but are close enough in proportion to various nymphs and can often times be more successful getting trout to hand if the angler is not ?spot on? as to what bug trout are keying on.

Bead Head Prince Nymph Bead Head Prince Nymph
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This is one of the most popular trout flies in the world. It was originated by FFF Buszek Award winner Doug Prince in the 1970's. The first Prince Nymphs were unweighted. During the same period adding gold colored beads to fly patterns became popular in Europe. When someone added a gold bead to the head of the Prince Nymph it became even more popular.

Picture, Bead Head Rainbow Warrior, Lance Egan
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Bead Head Rubber Leg Copper Bob Bead Head Rubber Leg Copper Bob
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Copper BobUtilizing an incredibly fast sink rate for such a tiny fly it gets near the bottom where trout would expect to find it. With a forked tail, neutral colored body and striped legs, this nymph approximates many things that trout feed. It has been proven with many great catches. Copper nymphs are especially good in winter for trout, whitefish and even steelhead.Copper Bob, OliveCopper nymphs are especially good in winter for trout, whitefish and even steelhead. This fly works very well...

Bead Head Rubber Leg Hares Ear Bead Head Rubber Leg Hares Ear
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Bead Head Rubber Leg Prince
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Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
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It was bound to happen. Someone placed a tungsten bead in the middle of a soft hackle fly to get it deep in the water column. This is now the most popular of the current soft hackle flies that are available. It may be fished as a nymph or swung as a wet fly, and is especially productive in deeper and faster water in rivers. It can also be a very productive fly during Callibaetis Mayfly hatches in lakes. Often Callibaetis mayfly nymphs make several attempts to reach the surface before they are...

Picture, Bead Head Sparkle Pupa, Olive
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Bead Head Caddis Sparkle Pupa, Olive When caddis are ready to hatch they leave their pupal cocoon and get ready for the ascent to the surface of the water. Most species exude gases from their newly formed adult body. This gas is trapped by the old pupal skin which still surrounds them. This process starts to separate the adult insect from this pupal shuck. The shuck is inflated forming a bubble or balloon around parts of the adult insect. The gases within this bubble reflects light. Each...

Picture, Bead Head Caddis Sparkle Pupa, Tan
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Bead Head Caddis Sparkle Pupa, Tan When caddis are ready to hatch they leave their pupal cocoon and get ready for the ascent to the surface of the water. Most species exude gases from their newly formed adult body. This gas is trapped by the old pupal skin which still surrounds them. This process starts to separate the adult insect from this pupal shuck. The shuck is inflated forming a bubble or balloon around parts of the adult insect. The gases within this bubble reflects light. Each...

Bead Head Zebra Midge Bead Head Zebra Midge
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Walk along the shoreline of the Deschutes River and study the vegetation growing on the rocks in the splash zone. There is a lot of it that is yellowish, greenish, stringy stuff that looks like some kind of algae. Fact is, much of what you think is plant life is actually midge eggs; zillions of billions of them. Some species of midges lay strings of eggs on anything that is wet at the edge of the water. This includes not only shoreline rocks but boats, oar blades and the waders of wading...

Bead Head Zug Bug Bead Head Zug Bug
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Another killer pattern from John Barr, incorporating a tungsten bead and elements from the Copper John, Prince Nymph and Hare's Ear. Can appear as a large mayfly nymph or a smaller stonefly nymph. A great dropper fly to be used as weight to get deep with smaller/lighter weight flies.

Chous Bead Head Double Agent Chous Bead Head Double Agent
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Chou's Double Agent Steelhead Nymph Double Agent Fly, Green and BlackThe black/green combo is the original version that is used when either fishing over spooky fish in gin clear conditions or when trying to actually mimic an existing aquatic food source. It has also worked great as trailer to a larger fly when either nymphing or even stripping a streamer/soft hackle setup. Double Agent Fly, Red and BlackIn an effort to increase the visibility and contrast of this fly, an orange bead and wire...

Daves Bead Head Lightning Stone Daves Bead Head Lightning Stone
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Dave's Lightning Stone, PurpleMore evidence that trout and steelhead see ultraviolet colors.

Olive Hares Ear, picture
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The Olive Hares Ear can be used during winter to simulate drifting caddis larva, or emerging mayfly nymphs.

Jakes Double Money, Rust Color, picture
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Jake's Double Money Nymphs This fast sinking nymph pattern comes from the tying vise and inventive mind of Montana Fly Company's Jake Chutz. The Double Money series is available in three shades: brown, olive and rust, and is so named for the double copper beads used in the construction. The extra bead gives the fly additional weight to load a Euro nymph rod during casting and also to get the fly down to depth very quickly and keep it there. During behavioral drift cycles most real nymphs stay...

Jig Nymph Bead Head Mini Bugger Jig Nymph Bead Head Mini Bugger
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Jig Nymph Bead Head Mini Bugger What we say: In recent years there has been a European wave of patterns and techniques. Among them we found the euro- nymphing style of flies tied on jig hooks to be a welcome addition to our fly selection. Jig hooks are designed to ride point up. This seems like pretty basic change to a classic nymphs design but makes all the difference in the world. When you’re fishing a deeply sunk nymph with a standard hook point down, it risks hanging up on the bottom more...

Picture, Jig Nymph Bead Head Rubber Leg Baby Sally
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Jig Nymph Bead Head Rubber Leg Baby Sally Yellow Sally Nymph, which looks a lot like a lot of other immature predacious stoneflies.

 Picture, Jig Nymph Bead Head Rubber Leg Hares Ear, Natural
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Jig Nymph Bead Head Rubber Leg Hares Ear, Natural What we say: In recent years there has been a European wave of patterns and techniques. Among them we found the euro- nymphing style of flies tied on jig hooks to be a welcome addition to our fly selection. Jig hooks are designed to ride point up. This seems like pretty basic change to a classic nymphs design but makes all the difference in the world. When you’re fishing a deeply sunk nymph with a standard hook point down, it risks hanging up...

Picture, Jig Twenty Incher Fly
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Kyles Bead Head  Yellow Sally Nymph Kyles Bead Head  Yellow Sally Nymph
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Kyle's Bead Head Yellow SallyThis is a Yellow Sally nymph that is hard to beat in May, June and July. The bonus plan is that Kyle?s B.H. Yellow Sally works great all spring, summer and fall as a micro Golden Stone nymph.

Nitro Caddis Pupa Bead Head Nitro Caddis Pupa Bead Head
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Picture, Oswalds Rock Roller, Cased Caddis Fly
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This pattern mimics caddis species that build cases out of fine gravel and sand. It is especially productive in watersheds which contain a high percentage of granite substrate. Granite is usually composed of quartz (usually white), feldspar (usually gray to tan) and mica (reflective flakes). This fly pattern contains all of those elements. It also works well where granite does not occur.

Picture, Perdigon Nymph, Peacock and Chartreuse
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Perdigon Nymph Allegedly invented by the Spanish National Competition Fly Fishing Team, now copied by everyone. Gets deep and is deadly. 

Picture, Perdigon Nymph, Pearl/ fl. Orange
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Perdigon Nymph Allegedly invented by the Spanish National Competition Fly Fishing Team, now copied by everyone. Gets deep and is deadly. 

Picture, Perdigon Nymph, Quill/Orange
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Perdigon Nymph Allegedly invented by the Spanish National Competition Fly Fishing Team, now copied by everyone. Gets deep and is deadly. 

Psycho Prince Gold Bead Head Psycho Prince Gold Bead Head
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That trout see ultraviolet colors that humans don't see is pretty much proven by the fact that in some light conditions they choose these flies above all others.

Rickards Bead Head Stillwater Nymph Rickards Bead Head Stillwater Nymph
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Denny says: The Stillwater Nymph is as deadly as any fly I ever designed for stillwater trout. This is a highly suggestive pattern imitating a host of food sources found in lakes, especially the damsel nymph. This is the favorite of several versions I've tested extensively on lakes throughout the western states. This fly seems to work when most other patterns fail. The burnt orange hackle has a lot to do with the fly?s success. It?s best fished on a 5 or 7 foot clear sink-tip or the Camo...

Picture, RIOs Point Drake Green, Tungsten Bead Jig Nymph
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RIO's Point Drake Green, Tungsten Bead Jig Nymph What we say: In recent years there has been a European wave of patterns and techniques. Among them we found the euro- nymphing style of flies tied on jig hooks to be a welcome addition to our fly selection. Jig hooks are designed to ride point up. This seems like pretty basic change to a classic nymphs design but makes all the difference in the world. When you’re fishing a deeply sunk nymph with a standard hook point down, it risks hanging up on...

T.J. Hooker T.J. Hooker
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T.J. Hooker Tungsten Bead Head Flies This may be the universal fly fly for trout, bass and steelhead. Mimics sculpins, crayfish and stonefly nymphs. Can be an effective Hexagenia nymph in lakes.