Saturday, February 25, 2012

Unique Way to Get Your Flies Deep in Your Favorite Stream

Sometimes things just don’t work out like you planned. Yesterday and today were both good examples. I had planned on fishing below the dam yesterday for the newly stock rainbow but low and behold the Alabama Power decided to run both generators so needless to say the water was up and moving dangerous fast. Well today was the same procedure only faster moving water. It is amazing how the trout can even stay in the area when the water is moving that fast. So I spent the better part of the afternoon shooting the breeze with fellow fisherman at the fly shop. You can hear some amazing fish stories there and often you get to add your two cents. One topic really got my attention when one of the guys was talking about using slip beads as a weight to get his flies deeper in a stream, as opposed to the crimp on lead weight. He was referring to a Tungsten bead in a 3/32 size. The bead simply slides down to the head of the fly and acts as a weight just like the crimp lead weight. I checked out the link on the Orvis website and found out the beads come in an assortment of colors. He said he like the red better than the other colors. I did notice reading the description of the beads that there was no mention of this bead being used as a slide weight. They were being sold for the purpose of fly tying. You never know what one will pick up hanging out at your local fishing establishment. I do know I am going to order some and give them a try. I will get back to you guys with a report.

12 comments:

Shoreman said...

Wow, good idea. I'll wait for your report.

Mark

Blake Frautschi said...

That is an interesting way, Many times when i'm using streamers or wooly buggers and need to get them down deep i crimp on a splitshot as close to the hook as i can. Same idea, but the bead head slip weight rig would end up being stronger since you dont have the possibility of nicking the line.

Might have to give it a try!

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I think these will work well, I will give them a try. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
I agree about the nicking thing--and the fact that the lead sometimes slips down on your line even with it crimped tight. I have got to try these. thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

It looks like a good idea for bigger waters.

Howard Levett said...

Looks like a good idea! Waiting for a report from someone.

Ty said...

Hmmmmmmm, very interesting stuff Bill. Thanks for sharing that tip. Hope you post a follow-up after you try it.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I really like this concept, because I think it works two different ways here; it acts as weight and also as an attractor. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
I may end up trying this with a nymph in warm water before I make it to the tailrace, lots of generation now. I have placed an order for some of the beads, so I will keep you posted. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brk
I think this bead thing would work great in tailwater situations. Thanks for the comment

Blake Hamilton said...

worth a try, just like the texas rig for bass

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
I agree, I like the color factor also, I want to think that red, pink, or green could not help but attract the fish. Thanks for the comment