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Old 02-05-18, 05:47 AM   #1
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Default Colored beads?

Iíve been tying a couple months now and at first I ordered nothing but silver beads to go along with the hooks. On my next order I figured Iíd vary things a bit by going with some black nickel and copper. I like the black nickel for most applications. Itís my go to bead. I feel if I need flash I can add it in the form of a hot spot or some flashy ribbing, and the copper is just a nice alternative. Iíve pretty much quit using the nickel silver. Now Iím torn. Part of me is content with the three colors already listed, but another part of me is really wanting to try some colored beads to very things up even more.
I was curious if anyone felt strongly either way about colored beads and their impact on a flies success.
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Old 02-05-18, 06:43 AM   #2
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Unless you get the anodized beads the color will eventually get knocked off. My go to beads were always copper, silver, and black. I have used colored beads but you get frustrated when you see them mostly chipped away with just patches of color left on them here and there.
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Old 02-05-18, 07:10 AM   #3
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Unless you get the anodized beads the color will eventually get knocked off. My go to beads were always copper, silver, and black. I have used colored beads but you get frustrated when you see them mostly chipped away with just patches of color left on them here and there.


In my limited tying experience, I tend to agree. I stick with the basics
Black nickel, nickel, silver, gold, copper
Although, once come to like black and coffee,/brown


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Old 02-05-18, 08:39 AM   #4
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I go along with the consensus here. 90% of my tying is done on Copper, silver and black. I do order flourescent orange specifically for my candy corn and florescent yellow specifically for a sparkle leech that I use on dh section but other than that it is black, copper and silver.
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Old 02-05-18, 11:40 AM   #5
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I'm on the other side. I think that colored beads can make a huge diffrence. Think of how many fish see a copper/silver/ gold bead. Now think about a pink bead, blue bead, etc. You are showing the fish something very different from the average person. Changing bead colors also allows you to cover diffrent water colors. The sheen from a bead can be seen much farther away than anything on a fly, so I think bead color > rib color, dubbing , Hotspots, ect.

The color does wear off. Its just a part of it.
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Old 02-05-18, 12:11 PM   #6
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Tanks fellas.
I went a little overboard on hook buying at the fly fishing show, so I need to get some corresponding beads. That’s what spurred this question.
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Old 02-05-18, 04:25 PM   #7
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I have a few colored beads that I bought when I first started and thought I needed every color bead for tying. Now I pretty much only use a few of the color beads florescent orange/metallic orange, pink, and some coffee/brown colored ones for some of the eggs,worms, and walts/pheasant tail variants I like to carry. Overall I think you can't go wrong with silver, black nickel, and copper for most flies. If you really feel you need the colored beads try tying in a hot spot of the same color on your fly, may get similar results as you think the bead would give you.
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Old 02-05-18, 06:33 PM   #8
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I'm on the other side. I think that colored beads can make a huge diffrence. Think of how many fish see a copper/silver/ gold bead. Now think about a pink bead, blue bead, etc. You are showing the fish something very different from the average person. Changing bead colors also allows you to cover diffrent water colors. The sheen from a bead can be seen much farther away than anything on a fly, so I think bead color > rib color, dubbing , Hotspots, ect.

The color does wear off. Its just a part of it.
I agree and find certain colors super effective in certain watersheds and water conditions. Browns on the hooch dig metallic orange, pink works great in turbid water, and blue is effective deep etc.
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I like chartreuse!
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Old 02-05-18, 10:40 PM   #10
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As others have stated. WTer conditions will dictate if a change is needed. I have a whole bunch of colors that over the years, I have learned work better here and there. I like the approach also of giving the fish something they haven't seen before.
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