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I recently started using glass beads and I am a huge fan. They are great for creating bodies on all kinds of flies (I like them on caddis and stone). Red beads are great for egg sucking leaches. I will commonly thread a few on some mono to create extended bodies. Using Antron instead of mono and then wrapping the antron back over the beads creates a great emerger look. You just cant beat the colors and slight, but natural looking variations.
I am somewhat conflicted whether to write a review on the glass beads I received from J. Stockard. I have used glass beads for years and I am quite familiar with the quality from Japanese and Czech manufacturers and the sizing from the bead craft industry and fly fishing suppliers. I thought I would receive products from Hareline or Wapsi as given in the description, but the beads were from D's Flyes. I ordered various colors in midge or extra small and small sizes. The sizing for midge is 15/0 and for small is 11/0. Hareline and Wapsi (formerly marketed by Temple Fork Outfitters and now labeled by Wapsi as Killer Caddis glass beads) follow the industry sizing. However, I found the midge and small sizes by D's Flyes to be irregular from industry sizing. For example, the small size is between small (11/0) and medium (8/0). Moreover, many of the beads are misshapen and not necessarily round. I was surprised at the poor quality of these glass beads from D's Flyes, since I've used the terrific D's Flyes Web Wing for Barr's Web Wing Caddis with fantastic results. Most of these glass beads will work with careful sizing to the hook, but I would not mix them with Hareline or Wapsi glass beads of similar sizes.
<b><i>J. Stockard replies:</b> The Tyers Glass Beads we carry are made by D's Flyes and distributed by hareline. They are the only glass beads sold by Hareline. Thanks for your feedback.</i>
These glass beads provide a wide spectrum of color and will leave your riverbed just the way you found it without metal. Many sizes for all hooks. give them a try if not for the unmatched color selection but for environment purposes. Sometimes you just feel a little green
I started to use beads on my flies from the local arts and craft shop. This is a much better way to go. The beads are the right size and a lot more consistent as well as matched better for hooks. They give a nice air bubble appearance in the water to create nice shedding cases on emergers. Great way to add light to other patterns as well.
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