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    Default Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    Hello,
    Recently I find that size 24 works better at an area that I have been fishing. I have searched the web for the right size of the bead head for the small midge such as size 24. But I discovered that the smallest bead head is about 1/16 which works for hook size 22. My concern is that if I put 1/16 on size 24 hook, the bead head will overpower the overall shape of the fly. My question is whether it is OK to use 1/16? Or if any of you know that I can order a smaller bead head than 1/16, please let me know. Or should I just use a thread to make thorax?

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    Default Re: Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    For that small I usually defer to using the smallest size glass seed bead. For a Zebra I would use a clear bead. I buy mine that small at the craft store.

    Kelly.
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    Default Re: Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    TTB, the issue for me is reducing the gape of the hook.
    Less hooking possibility.
    Unless you have a long shank #24.
    We have bead shops here.
    There are some very-small pricey beads.
    Shop around a bit more.
    It is kinda hard to tie a sparse fly with a huge head.
    I have some weighted 1/32nd silver beads. They're routed out to clear the bend too.


    Jim
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    Default Re: Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfly View Post
    I have some weighted 1/32nd silvers beads. They're routed out to clear the bend too.
    Jim where did you find those 1/32nd weighted silver beads? Were they from a bead shop. We have a Joanns in Elk Grove, but the small silver ones I found there were plastic, so I've been using glass beads like Kelly mentioned.
    -Tom Wilson
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    Default Re: Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    1.5 mm works on the dinky midges we use around here.

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    Default Re: Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    Size 24 on a scud and a dry with a Micro glass bead
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    Default Re: Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackster View Post
    1.5 mm works on the dinky midges we use around here.
    I think this equates to a 1/16", which is the smallest I've been able to find. Some vendors size them as "Midge" size; others as "XSM", but although they don't tell you the measured size, they look the same as 1/16". I too tie mainly nymphs in # 22-28.
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .
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    Default Re: Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    Tom, I will try to find out about the 1.5mm or 1/32 size. They weren't from a bead store. Our fly shop closed so I'll have to ask around.
    Last edited by Bigfly; 03-18-2011 at 06:15 PM.

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    Default Re: Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    Thanks Jim...I've actually found some on Ebay just a couple minutes ago.
    -Tom Wilson
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    Question Re: Bead Head for size 24 midge (zebra midge)

    Okay, I'm confused. Do 1/32"-drilled beads exist or not, and if so, where can they be bought (incidentally, 1.5 mm-drilled beads equate to 1/16", not 1/32")?
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .
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