I have used some bead head flies but I
tied several more up this year to use. I
did this so that I could get them down in
the water column faster. The fish have
been hitting about two to three feet deeper
than they did last year.
Sunday evening was my first chance to get
out over the weekend. Bringing kids home from
college wrecks havoc with wetting a line. Wind
was blowing about 40 mph but I had the time to
go. That is always the best time to go fishing.
There was no way that I would be casting into
the wind. My casting is not that great and into
a stiff wind it is even worse. Went to the side
of the pond where the wind was behind me and
tried to cast. Still did not work because of
the back cast falling on the ground.
Time to change so I put a strike indicator on
and flipped it out a few feet and let the wind
carry it out into the pond. When I got out about
thirty feet I stated to retrieve the fly slowly.
On my second cast I had a strike and brought in
a nice eight inch bluegill. Cast into the same
general area and nothing happened. Moved about
10 feet and did the same thing. This time I had
a ten inch crappie.
Turned out that if I kept moving around
the pond I would catch a fish here and
there but never more than one at a place.
This may be due to the fact that the water
was up six inches and fairly turbid from
the rains we have been getting.
My trouble came when I was removing the fly
from the fish. They were taking it fairly
deep. When I used the forceps to get a hold
of it and remove it I was tearing up the flies.
It turns out that I was not getting enough
thread behind the bead and it could move.
This let it cut the thread and you can guess
the rest. I used 22 flies while I was out at
the pond. All of them had started to come
apart. I thought that I might be able to fix
them if I did not damage them to badly.
I was starting to fix the first fly when I
had a brain storm. (Yeah, I know it is dangerous).
I took a little strip of foam and shoved it
into the hole in the bead around the shank.
In the dim dark recesses of my mind, I remember
hearing about something like this. It takes
a storm to loosen things in my head to use
After the foam was shoved in the bead did
not move as much and it was easier to wrap
the thread around the hook. I was able to
fix all the flies and I am going to try a
few of them when I go out over my lunch
This is one time that I should not be cheap
with thread. I know that none of the rest
of the folks who tie flies ever do anything
like this. My problem is that I had me as a
teacher. A fool on both sides of the equation,
as I am reminded at various times.
Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick firstname.lastname@example.org