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    Default TO BEAD OR NOT TO BEAD - Whipfinish - Jul 29, 2013

    TO BEAD OR NOT TO BEAD
    The indicator slipped slightly below the surface as my mind went through a moment of SPP, or "Stationary Piscatorial Panic". SPP is a common malady suffered by nymph/indicator fishermen. Even for the most seasoned of fly fishermen, when we are focused on that little strike indicator our senses seem to revert back to those of a high-strung 12 year old running on Little Debbie cakes and Coke. I've discussed it with many of my buddies and I am convinced the Fishing Gods are actually playing a cruel joke on us.

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    I am joining yu in using more beadhead patterns.
    Mine are on warmwater fish more.

    Rick

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    With my limited education in pursuing trout first I like metal beads because I hate split shot, but I like glass beads for the air bubble appearance they give.

    But the bigger question to me is, why change a fly because its appearance has become unkempt? Some fishing lures of all sizes, from flies to crankbaits, seem to have a certain hard to discern quality that makes them catch fish. Sometimes the more battered they are, the better they seem to work.
    It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. Mark Twain

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    Uncle Jesse,

    I agree at times it does. Yet sometimes they get chewed on to the point of not even resembling the original pattern. In my case that may not always be a negative attribute however. LOL

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    Rather then using a bead for weight, I'd rather go with a little lead wire weight wrapped mid hook shank and then just tying a regular nymph over that.

    As for the indicator, the only one I have ever used is the fly line.

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    DaleW,

    Such is the case with many....myself included for quite awhile. And in many cases do tie in both styles, since often fish prefer one over the other on a given day. lately however, the edge has been leaning towards beads.

    Here is a recent example with a favorite pattern of mine, the Copper Jake. Both patterns have their moments.

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    My best,

    Ralph

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