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Old 03-04-2010, 03:21 PM
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Default So whats with all these Beads..

So what the deal with all these beads I see.

There are Glass,copper, Tungsten.

I want to know if I am wasting my money in Tungsten beads. Glass beads seem so much cheaper.

I am tying Bead head Streamers any Ideas
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Default Re: So whats with all these Beads..

Tungsten is a lot heavier than the same size in brass or glass due to it being more dense not really any huge diffrence other than that and price.
i primarily use brass as long as i can find them due to price really...nothing wrong with the Tungstens but they are pricy and you get less but thats the way a lot of things are going with lead,tungsten brass and so on
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Default Re: So whats with all these Beads..

I mainly use small copper beads 2,8 or 3mm because I fish on sight and heavy beads are really unpleasant to cast,I sometimes use tungsten beads in very small sizes.As for glass or plastic beads I use them as teasers and not to add weight.Hope it can help a little
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Default Re: So whats with all these Beads..

Brass beads here too. On streamers I use cone heads. On both I'll do a few wraps of lead wire behind the bead to center/secure/weight it. Hard to spend twice as much for tungsten, but it would be nice I guess.
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So what the deal with all these beads I see.

There are Glass,copper, Tungsten.
Glass - More or less decorative. But there are some great glass bead body caddis larvae flies that are very effective.

Copper - You are referring to brass beads. These are good all around beads that help add weight and some looks to a fly.

Tungsten - Yes it is costly, but it adds additional weight to get the fly down the water column. In some areas, weight added to leader (split shot) is illegal. A tungsten beaded fly would be necessary to get down into the water column.

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I want to know if I am wasting my money in Tungsten beads. Glass beads seem so much cheaper.
If you feel that you need tungsten to get your fly down faster, use it. Glass won't help you in that situation.

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I am tying Bead head Streamers any Ideas
Use glass for more of a decorative bead.

Use brass for additional weight.

Use tungsten if you need to have your streamer drop faster down the water column.

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