Bead discussion

jamisonace
jamisonace
Cohobolo said:
Although I use both, I hook more fish with hard beads than soft, especially in clear water. I shake mine up in sandwich ziplocks blown up with air with a few drops of white pearl acrylic paint and sometimes nail polish, depending on the color and amount of mottling I'm looking for. Most are orange beads I bought in a bag of 500 ten years ago, but I've picked up a few more to enhance in clear orange, pink, and red. I peg my beads with a 20# dacron flyline bobberstop, the same I use for bobberstops on my my braid mainline. I tie up the hooks with the bobberstop pegs and slip the beads on while on the river. Hard beads bounce directly on the bottom and get down to the fish a little softer than floating or neutral buoyancy beads. I haven't really noticed that I fail to hook fish with hard beads any more than with soft beads. There are so many factors, including my own daydreaming and sightseeing, which is when most fish bite, affecting a good hookset, that I'm primarily interested in getting the opportunities.

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Those beads look good. Orange has been really good to me this year and a little white always seems to help.

Where do you get them in such large quantities?
 
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Cohobolo
jamisonace said:
Those beads look good. Orange has been really good to me this year and a little white always seems to help.

Where do you get them in such large quantities?
Fisherman's Shack
 
Sicklifejay
Sicklifejay
jamisonace said:
I fish almost exclusively with beads when I'm side drifting or drift fishing for steelhead. I go through a lot of beads but I have gotten used to BnR and haven't really used anything else. I noticed this year that their quality has really gone down in two ways. It seems a lot are deformed and the holes aren't completely formed so it takes added effort to get lines through them. The latter particularly sucks when you're tying a bunch of leaders for fishing the next day or worse, you're on the boat tying trying to get back in the water and you can't get your line through the bead.

I know there are a lot of bead options and I'm curious what else you guys like. I'd love to find something less expensive. Between line hook and bead it's about a dollar every time one breaks off. Between filling my truck, my kicker tank and buying beads and hooks 3 or 4 times a week it adds up. Fortunately my friends slide me cash after we fish so I'm not buying all of it but it would be nice to save some money.

I'm not opposed to hard beads but I haven't fished them much. I'd be curious to hear opinions on them.
jamisonace said:
I fish almost exclusively with beads when I'm side drifting or drift fishing for steelhead. I go through a lot of beads but I have gotten used to BnR and haven't really used anything else. I noticed this year that their quality has really gone down in two ways. It seems a lot are deformed and the holes aren't completely formed so it takes added effort to get lines through them. The latter particularly sucks when you're tying a bunch of leaders for fishing the next day or worse, you're on the boat tying trying to get back in the water and you can't get your line through the bead.

I know there are a lot of bead options and I'm curious what else you guys like. I'd love to find something less expensive. Between line hook and bead it's about a dollar every time one breaks off. Between filling my truck, my kicker tank and buying beads and hooks 3 or 4 times a week it adds up. Fortunately my friends slide me cash after we fish so I'm not buying all of it but it would be nice to save some money.

I'm not opposed to hard beads but I haven't fished them much. I'd be curious to hear opinions on them.
Hey buddy, Check out www.sns-fishing.com
There from the PNW and make quality products. They will make custom color creations for you upon request. Have a great one and fish on!
 
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