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Faux Bead Heads
By Don Rolfson, Omaha, Nebraska

I was reading through the Tying tips section when I read the tips about sizing bead heads. As I read it I remembered the trouble I have had with bead heads. When I first becan using them they worked great, but were difficult for me to get tied right. I either had too much of a whip finish behind the bead, or in front of the bead, or sometimes the rear edge of the bead would even cut the thread as I was finishing it.

This got me to thinking there just HAD to be an easier way. I went down to my favorite fly-tying material shop (Wally World's Sewing Department) and began a search. They had some beads that looked smoother, but that was not the answer I was seeking. Then I passed down the aisle with the sewing thread and the light went on.

They had some very nice gold and copper threads. I bought some and began to play. I discovered I could use my regular weight (lead or not) on the hook and then use the gold or copper thread to tie the head that finished the fly. I could even build it up to have the bulky bulge of a bead if I desired - but when I tried fished them, it seemed the fish didn't care whether the head bulged or not. For me it was easier to tie and less frustrating. I have never bought a bead since.

This also opens the door to experimentation. I can add more or less weight than the bead would add without changing the look of the fly. More weight for faster water, less for slower, same size fly. It works for me.

The LadyFisher asked if I had any photos of my flies, and when I checked my fly selection I found it seriously diminished. So over lunch I sat in the back of my old Trooper in the parking lot of the closest reservoir to my work and tied a size 10 Faux Bead Head Hare's Ear. I then plied it on said body of water to see if the warmwater finned friends would appreciate it as much as the trout in American Fork and Provo Canyons back in Utah did. I was not disappointed. I probably cast ten times and used a slow wrist-twist retrieve. They were released unharmed to their watery home after posing briefly. (A little help with identification would be nice. Still working on that with the warmwater friends.) Unfortunately I didn't check the pictures I took until I returned to the office, and it appears I overestimated the macro capabilities of the camera I had access to. They are blurry...I would try some more, but once more the fly is rather chewed up (not that I am complaining about that, it is better to have the fish chew them than the bushes.)

I took lunch again and ran out to try and get some good picture to use on the site. I decided this time I would tie the Faux Headhead Hare's Ear with a lighter body this time and still the dark thorax, and it was a good thing.

After getting the pictures of the fly, I wandered down to the water to see how things were today, since it has been in the 60's for three days in a row. I began using the fly I tied earlier this week, and was not having much luck, so I decided to switch to the one I had just tied. This proved to be a good move as I was into another Crappie on the fifth cast. It was followed by two more and they look like they all came from the same mold. Had to be a real slow hand twist retrieve pretty deep. As I was taking the attached photo of that first one, a fellow angler joined me on the bank and began fishing with minnows. I wish I could say I outfished him, but that was not the case. He was catching Bass in the 6-12 inch range in fairly shallow water, so I began casting along the bank and using the same slow hand twist retrieve when I hooked a Bass myself. I got it up close and as I was reaching for the camera, I performed a perfect Long Distance Release, so there is no proof. I was able to catch a couple more Crappie before I had to return to work. All in all, a perfect lunch hour! ~ Don Rolfson

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