We have fly fishing bead chain eyes, cyclops brass eyes, skull living eyes, double pupil lead eyes, adhesive eyes, and holographic tying eyes. You'll also find hourglass eyes, cones, and fly fishing bead heads in tungsten, brass, lead, or glass. Hundreds in stock from Hareline, Wapsi, Firehole, Fishing, and more!
Fly tying beads and eyes are essential components in the art of fly tying and they serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. Beads are often made of materials like tungsten or lead. They add weight, which allows flies to sink into the water at a desirable rate.
J. Stockard Fly Fishing offers tungsten, brass, lead, and glass beads for fly tying, making this your one-stop-shop for all your fly tying needs!
FAQs About Fly Tying Beads & Eyes
What are the benefits of lead or tungsten beads for fly tying?
Tungsten is a dense material, much heavier than other fly tying materials. So tungsten fly fishing beads can sink quickly in deep water or fast-flowing currents. Lead fly fishing weights are also very dense and provide significant weight, allowing for a quick sink rate. This is helpful when you need to reach deeper water quickly. Some fly fishers prefer not to use lead due to environmental concerns.
What are the benefits of brass or glass beads for fly tying and fly fishing?
Brass beads provide moderate weight and are lighter than tungsten or lead, which gives you more control of the depth while fly fishing in slower-moving water. Glass beads are lighter than tungsten and even brass. They add a touch of weight without significantly affecting its buoyancy, making them suitable for fishing near the water's surface.
What types of fish can beads and eyes attract in fly fishing?
Beads and eyes are used in all sorts of flies, including streamers like a Clouser minnow, or nymphs. These flies are great for targeting many species, including bass, trout, salmon, and more!