I was attempting to tie some "ugly" Woolly
Buggers yesterday using small Tungsten Coneheads
and didn't want to pack the cavity with extra
wire or material etc. to securely position the
Looking through my accumulated junk to see what
I could come up with and spied some red plastic
"4MM Egg Beads Salmon Egg" and thought that this
might be the ticket.
I threaded the conehead on the hook with one egg
bead right behind it and it fit just about perfectly
with most of the plastic bead filling the conehead
cavity and making a pretty secure fit against
the hook eye. Also, found that if I left a little
space between the whip finished thread and the red
plastic bead it left a small area of red
bead showing that might look like gills to the
I will have to fish this and see if it works okay.
Proof of the puddin is in the eating as the saying
goes; so, will see if the trout like it. Maybe the
same for bass etc. Haven't come across this before;
but, doubt there's much new under the (tying) sun!
~ Grn Mt Man aka Dick Taylor
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