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Bead heads
05-18-2011, 10:58 PM,
#1
Bead heads
Got started on these after loosing several small 1/80's the other day fishing for BG's and having no replacements. I started with the bead/pin idea but only have jig hooks down to #8. Tried crimping some shot on fly hooks - but that took ALOT of lead grinding to get them down to the size/wt i wanted. Ended up blending the bead/pin idea with the bouncer fly idea i guess???? haha! Small hooks with slow fall is what i wanted. Big Grin

So... I attached small hematite beads to the hooks using 12lb. mono. The 4 on the left are on #12 mustad nymphs. I couldn't help myself and put some larger hema beads on #6 nymphs also.

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The next pic is what i came up with. They are #12's except for the nymph in the center (#6 caddis hook with a small bead) and the 2 on the upper left (#10 caddis hooks) but i also did a few other odd sizes as well. The blank head is a 1/32 on a #8 for comparison. My favorite turned out to be the dubbed body #10's in the upper left, the peacock bodies should do well also....

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These last ones are some of the bigger ones i messed around with. I am saving these for low/slow water river smallies.

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The smallest ones might need a float to cast with spinning gear. All of these will cast on the fly rod but the larger beaded ones may require some ducking while chucking at my skill level. Big Grin
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05-19-2011, 05:54 AM,
#2
RE: Bead heads
Great idea...they look great! Smile
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05-19-2011, 07:09 AM,
#3
RE: Bead heads
A novel idea. I think I would have no problem huckin' them with my 8wgt.
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05-19-2011, 08:59 AM,
#4
RE: Bead heads
They look great. I especially like the larger crayfish imitations.
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05-19-2011, 03:03 PM,
#5
RE: Bead heads
Another great outside the box idea Attica!! Killer looking BG baits!
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05-19-2011, 03:30 PM,
#6
RE: Bead heads
Does it take much extra time tying on a bead compared to using a jig head?

Also, does a line tie point closer to the shank like on a fly hook work better than a jig hook with the eye substantially offset from the shank?
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05-19-2011, 05:05 PM,
#7
RE: Bead heads
I seen one just like that in the tutorials but with a tiny nail gun nail goong thru the bead and tying the nail, are you the one that posted that too? Kool idea by the way.
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05-20-2011, 01:28 AM, (This post was last modified: 05-20-2011, 01:31 AM by AtticaFish.)
#8
RE: Bead heads
Thanks for the comments everyone! Plan is to try them out in the morning - got me a day off and the weather just might co-opperate. Smile

Mack - I did not originally post the bead and pin jigs. The member that posted those was JoJoPro and he was using true jig hooks fishing for steelhead i believe. I tried the idea with the small fly hooks but thought it brought the bead/weight out too far in front of the hook eye.

HJ - Time involved in putting the bead on was pretty minimal. 1st one i did took me longer of course but by the end it took me around a minute to put the bead on the hook - i even timed it. Big Grin First couple i superglued after tying them (the ones i pictured) but after pulling on the beads after completing them and having none of them slip even without glue, i did not glue the others.

As for the eye forward/nose tie style.... with most fishing tackle and techniques, i have no hard evidence that it works any better but it is more based on personal preference and how i fish. These tiny jigs will be cast out, allowed to sink, then VERY sowly retrieved. I am MOSTLY casting from shore but even when fishing from my kayak i am rarely just sitting still and vertical fishing. The majority of lakes i fish have very little individual structures (brush piles, stumps, reefs, etc.) and am always trying to key on contour lines or weed edges and control drifting or trolling down the line so am usually on the move. Traditional 90deg jig hooks i think 'dig' into the water too much when in motion and tilt the hook vertical instead of the hook staying horzontal. A nose tie jig can be fished slower and stay in the strike zone longer as i am passing by it. I also notice with under-spin lures (RR's espically with the extra weight in the nose) that the hook tends to really tilt upward rather than staying straight horizontal. An eye forward under spin just might be the cats a$$. One set back from the eye forward design is that it can become unstable if you use too much of a jerking/jigging action while retrieving it..... it tends to roll over and twist your line into a nightmare if you 'jig' it too hard. Beat-up Slow and steady (usually) wins the race. Bigfish Once again... this is just personal pref. in what i see my jigs doing in the water. Wink
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05-20-2011, 08:36 AM,
#9
RE: Bead heads
Those are fantastic Russ. Very inovative.
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05-20-2011, 05:35 PM,
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RE: Bead heads
"As for the eye forward/nose tie style.... with most fishing tackle and techniques, i have no hard evidence that it works any better but it is more based on personal preference and how i fish"
Yup, same here, since most of my technique is horizontal like yours.

"An eye forward under spin just might be the cats a$$"
I was thinking of forward eye modifying a Road Runner type mold, but think a Standup/Erie style would be superior with a more angled nose entry. But right now, JJ2s shank prop Boolie design and your & JJ1s tail spin seem good enuf for metal flash added jigs.

"One set back from the eye forward design is that it can become unstable if you use too much of a jerking/jigging action while retrieving it"
Agreed, the positioning and design of the weight needs to be adjusted to minimize this.
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