Slotted tungsten beads have become increasingly popular among fly anglers. These beads are designed to be used with different patterns of flies to help them sink faster and get deeper in the water. The slotted design of these tungsten fly-tying beads makes them easy to slide onto the hook shank and tightly grip it, ensuring the fly-tying bead remains in place during casting and retrieval.
Tungsten beads are heavier than traditional brass ones, providing an aerodynamic shape with a better drift and a more natural presentation. Additionally, these fly beads are heavier than countersunk beads, and the added weight enables the fly to sink faster and eliminates the need to add split shots to the rig. Slotted Hareline tungsten beads, in particular, provide a secure fit and a streamlined look and also make it easy to add or remove as needed. Slots also increase the number of fly patterns that can be used with tungsten beads, as there is less concern about the hook's eye size.
Flies with tungsten beads can also be used to change the sink rate of the fly. Adding a heavier bead at the head of the hook will allow the fly to sink faster. This customization allows anglers to adjust the depth and speed of their fly presentation to match the water conditions and the behavior of the fish they're trying to catch. These come with 20 beads per pack and are perfect for any angler.
How do you use tungsten beads?
To use slotted tungsten beads, start by selecting the right size of bead for your fly pattern. The bead should fit snugly over the hook shank and sit just behind the eye of the hook. Slotted beads will slide around the bend of any hook. They're also good to use with heavy jig hooks on which the eye is offset at an angle to the shank.
How do tungsten beads impact the presentation of flies?
The use of tungsten beads can help you achieve more natural presentations of your fly. By choosing the appropriately sized bead for your fly, you can ensure the fly sits in the water column just like your target fish’s natural prey would.
Can tungsten beads help with sensitivity?
Tungsten provides greater sensitivity, allowing the angler to feel more bites and strikes. This can be key in determining when to set the hook and ultimately landing the fish.
20 beads per pack