01-10-2007, 11:04 AM
This topic may of been covered already...
Went down to the local shop to get some FlyFoam and GlowBug Yarn (one of my most dreaded activities...but needed for the post salmon runs), I was surprised at the lack of selection. A quick conversation with the owner reveiled that most people had started going with Beads...oh well, got a small selection of yard and a few packs of beads...came out looking really nice... Checking out the AF&G reggs theese have became so popular that almost a whole page of a 10 page book covering Kodiak and Kenia address the issue!
Is the local shop Mack's or Cy's? Always have wondered about Cy's but have never been in there.
Always in too much of a hurry to get out to the Pasagshak.
This bead thing is really bugging me. Fished the Karluk once (and once was way more than enough for me), and the big deal there was pegged beads. The Karluk was a huge disappointment to me because I could NOT get the steelhead (with which the river was absolutely stuffed) to hit a swung fly. BUT the pegged bead was effective enough. Jeez, there were steelhead in every depression in that shallow river. I've never seen anything like it.
Wonderful to see all the patterns from the Rock and your bench.
Ever come across the Blue Chicken?
01-13-2007, 09:04 PM
It was Macks...
I've never targeted steelhead, but I do catch them on glow bugs and small nympths.
I think it's going to feel kinda weird to tie this one on...not that it's a bad fly but I can imagine the looks of disapointment from the guys back home if I tried it on the South Branch.
01-14-2007, 07:45 AM
Is that wire holding the bead to the hook? If not, how do you do it?
What exactly is a pegged bead (fly?) and why would it be undesirable?
01-15-2007, 09:51 PM
Yes, it's light silver wire, doubled over. Tag end secured to the hook, passed through bead, wrapped under hook, then around (under bead, over hook), and the tied down and glued.
A pegged bead fly is a bead secured to the leader via a section of toothpick (or other means) and a bare hook tied to the end. It's susposed to keep the mortality of fish down. The fish strikes at the bead and it hooked outside, or in the corner, or the mouth. In Alaska the bead has to be within 2 inches of the hook.
There's nothing wrong with the bead method (or fly's), I've tied around 60 or 70 so far. It's a quick method, about 30 seconds per fly, and keeps me away from glow bug yarn. I'm looking forward to seeing how they work out.
02-19-2007, 01:09 PM
Quick update on theese things...had a chance to get out on the river...temps rose to mid 40's!
Had a couple of failures...the wire pulls loose from the hook and allows the bead to go sailing across the river in a final flight of glory...some lasted. I need to make the tag ends of the wire a little longer and possible double them over some thread wrapps. Good thing this was just an exploritory mission and not a actually trip (I didn't hike in 3 miles to get to a "Sweat Spot") or out of spite this little experiment might of been canned all together.
02-22-2007, 06:57 AM
I don't have a lot of experience with these but I did basically what you did only I used some ten pound maxima to loop the bead on the hook. Tie in one end of the maxima, run the bead on, then tie down the other end of the maxima and a drop of super glue. Thus far, the flies are able to handle several fish with out coming apart. Best.