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Centering Beaded Head
By Steven H. McGarthwaite


I can not remember, where I learned this tip, but whoever taught me, thank you very much, it has been a great help in my education in fly tying. ~ Parnelli


When a fly pattern calls for a beaded head, the way most of us have been taught is to do a lock wrap behind the bead with thread. Then build up the thread so the bead is secured and will not slide back on the shank of the hook.

Hook with Bead

The trouble with this way of securing the bead is that the bead is hanging off-center on the hook. When it comes time to do the half-hitch and whip-finish, the effect is an off-centered bead head.

There is a better way of doing things, and you most likely have all the stuff you need already to do it. Non-lead wire, preferably .015 or .020 inch diameter.

Non-lead wire and bobbin

Just wrap behind the bed with about 4 or 5 wraps of the non-lead wire.

Bead with wire trimmed

Then snip off the ends and smooth the tag ends.

Wire inserted into bead

Push the non-lead wire into the cavity of the beaded head.

Now you can start the lock wrap with your thread and carry on with the rest of the pattern. I think you will like the improved appearance of the fly. ~ Parnelli


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If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Someone else thought up most of this material before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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