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Finally found plastic bead chain eyes.

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What material are they strung on? I'd be concerned that it might deteriorate over time/wetting, and the eyes might fall off the fly.

 

I got the tip from Drew Chicone, so they should be okay. I hope.

I have read a LOT about Drew, beg parents to sign me up for his Strip Strike U 2017 on a daily basis. I never knew he lived in South Florida due to his accent. I have emailed him before, but no response unfortunately. Maybe one day I'll come across him in a fly shop or something. Oh yeah, his website... Saltyflytying.com is also pretty cool

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Is this the same type of plastic bead chain y'all are using? These caught my eye at Wal-Mart today. I would think you'd only use them on floating patterns? If not does coating them with epoxy help them sink or suspend?

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I use beads like that from Dollar Tree. They definitely do not float well enough to keep a fly on the water. They slow the decent, but I don't think they actually "sink" either.

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Some of those beads, Fishypieter, are way too big for flies.

If you buy from that site, just remember to check the sizes.

Conversions rounded for convenience ...

25.4 mm = 1 inch

12.7 mm = 1/2 inch

6.3 mm = 1/4 inch

3.2 mm = 1/8 inch.

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I've gotten some at various sources. Sometimes, I've found them by accident just being in a store that had them. I found something similar to what Islander posted many years ago in a JoAnn's. It was in the sewing section & marked as a trim item for making dresses & such. Only found black then, about 3mm diameter & used it on nymph patterns & panfish flies. It came on a roll too, and I'm sure I still have some of it.

 

Jamal, depends on what you want them to do, sometimes they help sink a fly, but much slower than metal.

 

I've tied some bass flies using Mardi Gras beads, (5, 6, 7, 8 mm) which are hollow & they don't sink much, but work great when you want the fly to be just below the surface. Have also used some brightly colored, bought packaged as a tying material (Wapsi or Hareline) and used it to tie Shad flies. On a sinking line they still get down & don't snag as often on the bottom.

 

There's many applications that plastic bead chain could possibly be used. Use your imagination & experiment! wink.png

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