• 3-sizes
  • 3-best colors
  • UV2
  • durable
  • inexpensive
  • realistic
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    UV Fusion Egg Beads

    In recent years beads have gained popularity among many anglers both conventional, and fly. They are one of the most effective ways to replicate a fish egg in the drift. Their buoyancy is nearly neutral allowing them to tumble and bounce along in a very natural fashion that fools even some of the most educated of fish. Beads have gained a great deal of popularity with guides in Alaska fishing for rainbows feeding behind spawning salmon. In this arena with some of the most educated, discerning egg eaters on the planet, even a glo bug may be out fished by a bead. Beads are also much more versatile than standard hook egg patterns. They are usually rigged, pegged with a toothpick an inch or so above a bare straight eye hook. Because of this any hook size can be used and it can be interchanged to match the size of the fish you are targeting. Chasing rainbows eating eggs? Throw a size 10 below your bead. Looking for a steelhead? Throw on a size 4 or 2. Mortality is also often reduced with beads because the hook is further away. When a ravenous fish slurps up a bead in the heat of an egg eating frenzy the likely-hood that he will be throat hooked is reduced considerably. Because the bead is separated from the hook, even if the bead is taken very fully, the hook usually finds purchase somewhere in the lip or maxillary region of the mouth. Beads are also a great fly tying accessory. They can simply be slid in front of a fly to produce an egg eating effect, or they can be tied in. Plastic beads are weightless in the water and can be tied into the front of a fly to replace the visual effect of a hot orange tungsten or brass bead if the additional weight is not desired. A bead on the front of your fly will also displace water giving your materials more movement as well as physically protecting the fibers from the abuse of rocks and woody debris.

    Beads are not flies, but are used by many ardent fly fishers. Beads by themselves are not legal in a body of water that is designated as "Fly Fishing Only" unless incorporated with other materials into a fly. In some bodies of water, such as Oregon's Deschutes River hard beads are legal, soft beads are not.