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Nymphs: To Bead or Not to Bead?


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Poll: To Bead or Not to Bead?

Do you prefer nymphs with or without beads?

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#16 eastern fly

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:03 PM

I do use beads but I stop using brass for my hatch match. I like the black ones and use nickle or copper for my attractors.

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#17 poiboy

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:26 PM

I use beadheads for the most part because the river I fish is always off color. It's rarely dirty, but 95% of the time it's off color. I feel as if it my flies need to stand out a little.
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#18 Gaddy

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 11:29 AM

For me I use both beaded and non beaded I find times I want a bead to get it down or the H20 is dirty and sometimes I don't need any weight and the H20 has good visibility so I use both equally. unsure.gif
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#19 Laxi

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 08:53 AM

I mostly use beaded nymphs, but I also use them without beads when I'm fishing shallow waters or when I can see that the fish is eating something close to the surface!

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 04:15 AM

I'll bead everything I can, I'd bead a dry fly if I could get it to float
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:22 PM

I have all the nymphs that I run in lead position with beads and my trailer nymphs have either no beads or very light beads.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 02:13 AM

I have adequate numbers in both beaded and standard nymphs smile.gif

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 06:34 AM

Most of my nymphs have beads on them and i generally tie up different color and size beads on the same pattern for the different size hooks. for an example i will put a 1/8th black nickle bead on a size 14, 7/64th brass on a 16, and a 3/32nd nickle on a 18 of the same colored pattern. This way no matter what the depth or flow is i can fish any single pattern at any depth i want to. It is a little excessive but what else am i going to do until the water gets soft again besides tie flies.
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 01:49 AM

So weight is so better, the look is less important.
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#25 snowranch

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:19 AM

Beads 1/3, non bead 2/3.
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#26 westend261b

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 07:06 PM

I'm a big fan of copper beads for sure.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 11:50 AM

For Me, it all depends on how I want the fly to drop. If I want it to nose dive, I'll add a bead to the head. If I want a full sink, get the fly down now drop, I'll start the fly out by wrapping the body in wire, then tying the fly as it needs to be tied. It all depends on how I want it to sink for Me.
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#28 DeweyGreen

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 09:23 AM

I don't use many beads,
I like to weight the body of the nymph.
By putting the weight up front or in back you can make the nymph drop how you want.
And more or less float faster or slower depending on currents.
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#29 chase-the-Yough-fisher

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 06:55 PM

For me its how fast im fishing the fly early in the year i use mostly beadless so it will drop slower alowing me to fish it slower (i dont like dragging my nymphs) . And i do the reverse later in the year.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:54 AM

To me proportion is 50:50 and what I use depends on conditions.

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