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: Pony bead Deceivers

Dble Haul
10-27-2002, 06:15 PM
I saw something about using pony beads a while back in one of the FF magazines, so I finally got around to buying a package while at the craft store. Only 79 cents for a package of 65 in assorted shapes and colors........the possibilities are endless. I'll probably use some of the round beads to make shad darts soon.

Here's the recipe for the deceiver:

Hook: Appropriate for target species (here, a 4XL size 6)
Thread: 3/0, color to match pattern
Tail: Four paired saddle hackles
Flash: Flashabou
Wing: Bucktail
Head: Pony bead
Eyes: Prismatic

Tie in materials as per a usual deceiver, leaving room at the head for the bead. I use 3/0 thread for its bulk......the hole in the bead is wide, and the thicker thread provides a better base for it. Tie off the thread just prior to where the bead will go, and place it onto the hook shank. Jam it back, and then restart the thread ahead of the bead to build up bulk and hold it in place. Place eyes on either side of the bead. A quick dip in Softex seals the deal.

10-27-2002, 06:20 PM
Nice, love those craft stores for new CHEAP fly tying materials.

How heavy are those beads ?

Dble Haul
10-27-2002, 06:29 PM
Hal, the plastic beads don't float. However, they're practically weightless and don't contribute much additional mass to the flies.

John Desjardins
10-27-2002, 07:46 PM
Thats a nice series of flies, you've posted tonight Mark. I looked at the same article by Boyd Pfeiffer and bought the beads but never tied with them. Looking at this picture it may be time to tie them.

One other thing to try is glass beads. I've used the amber ones with the hole silver plated (rochailes ?) with good results. The sink rate is slower than a brass bead head and there real nice on wooly buggers for still or slow moving water.

10-28-2002, 10:13 AM
Mark... I like those... As John D. says I would like to tye some with clear or amber....or maybe even olive if they have them... those may be for warm water but I think a saltwater bass would also go for them.. a bass is a bass I guess.

Dble Haul
10-28-2002, 11:04 AM
Yes, a bass is a bass. I posted them in this forum by default (their size). However, I have pushed the beads onto 1/0 hooks and forced them onto 2/0 hooks. It all depends on the size of the hook eye....the holes in the beads are quite large.

When I get a chance, I'll put a few larger ones in the striper archive.