Sunday, April 24, 2011

Make Bead Head Flies for Fly Fishermen or Maybe Fishing Lure Jewelry?

By on Sunday, April 24, 2011 3 Comments

Several years ago, a friendly husband came along and watched a beading party in progress. He was fascinated with what we were making. He then explained he was a keen fly fisherman and suggested I make flies and perhaps have fly making parties!

I certainly could see why he said so as the art of making bead head flies does make use of metallic (bright gold, silver and copper) and glass beads we already have in our stashes. There can also be some wire work involved.

So if you know a fly fisherman who doesn't like jewelry, consider making him bead head flies! Fly fishing season is already here!

Not into making flies? Let me assure you the technique can also be used in jewelry making. Just check my past post on Japanese Fishing Lure Jewelry.  This beautiful traditional craft uses fly making methods.

Bead head flies are aptly named because the round beads mimic the heads of larval species the fish like to eat.  Thread (and sometimes wire) is used to wind around the rest of the hook using a special tool, anchoring bits of feathers and other materials at the same time. Bead head flies are popular because  the beads add weight so the flies sink down in the water where the fish lurk.

Watch this video on how a bead head fly is made :



Fishermen also make bead head eggs. The beads in this case mimic fish roe. When fish are spawning, trout might eat more roe than aquatic insects. Salmon also like fish eggs. This video shows how a fisherman uses a UV bead and some fluffy material to make the lure visible in low light and resemble the sport fish's favorite food.



I tried fly fishing once, many years ago, somewhere in Scotland. I didn't even get so much as a bite! So I can truly say  it's not easy. The casting motion needs practice as you can see in this How to Fly Fish video.



But it is a wonderful way to while away the time in beautiful and peaceful surroundings :
Fly Fishing Picture Source
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3 comments:

  1. Hi!

    We sell loads of 'Miracle Beads' for this purpose, because they are lightweight but still have metal particles in them for that metallic look. They also come in lots of bright colors. I couldn't figure out why I was getting all these orders from men for Miracle Beads, then one told me what he was using them for. That and Fireline!

    Yes, I think my husband would be much happier if I made him flies instead of jewelry:)

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  2. Loved what you shared here!

    Well, I'm sure some fishing stores will be wondering why so many women are checking out their supplies! I do get my Fireline in bulk from fishing departments! There are also some cool feathers etc there to investigate.

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  3. Ah ha ... another interesting resource for the jewelry makers/designers. LOL

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