I'm just wondering how many of you folks use a bead when tying nymphs. On all my nymphs, I have developed a habit of installing a bead (usually tungsten) of some kind on the hook next to the hook eye. Here in the GSMNP, you have to get your nymph to the bottom of the stream to have any fish catching success. If the nymph is going to have some kind of bulky body, such as the hares ear, I will also wrap the hook with lead wire before tying. Even then, we sometimes have to apply a small split shot the the leader. So, do most tiers use beads? BTW, I fish with nymphs almost exclusively. Since I started nymph fishing, my catch rate has gone way up.