Part Fourty-seven

Cutting Bead Chain
By George E. Emanuel

There are a myriad of fly patterns which utilize bead chain for both eyes, and a tad of weight to get the fly sinking or moving in a particular attitude.

Typically bead chain is sold be fly shops in a length of about 18 inches or so. You may also purchase it at most hardware stores, although you choice of size and color might be very limited. Craft shops may carry it in a more varied size and color range at a more advantageous price.

Once you get the package home the fun really begins. Now you have top cut the chain into two bead segments. This activity can provide an entire family with an entire evenings entertainment as everyone from the dog and cat, to old Aunt Jessie, who only expected a nice dinner, scurry about looking for the errant beads that go pinging across the room as the cutters do their job.

Do you know where your beads are going?

There is as in all things a better way of doing this, especially is you value your quiet time at the bench!

Get your wire cutters and beads ready as usual. Now go quietly into the kitchen and "borrow" a zip lock bag big enough to get both of your hands, the beads and the wire cutters into. The zip lock bag is clear enough to allow you to see what you are doing in addition to containing the careening orbs quite nicely.

Cut them inside the bag

Now this may not be as entertaining as letting the beads migrate to every nook and cranny of your home, providing countless hours of future entertainment as they are re-discovered at the most in-opportune moment, but, your tying will go faster and smoother.

Gee, they are all right here!

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas too!~ George E. Emanuel (Chat Room Host Muddler)

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