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Bead Keel for Monster Streamers
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Very large streamers have long been a favorite of mine for both trout and warm water predators. My preferred monster streamer is typically a tandem creature, usually tied with a large plastic worm hook for the front half. I also prefer almost all my streamer patterns to ride hook upward in the water and use dumbell weights to get this affect. However, with very large streamers, sometimes a bit more leverage is required to keep a fly swimming upright. A bead keel can be the answer. On some of my big streamers I'll include these gimmicks. Up until a few years ago - as far as I know - these were virtually unknown in the fly tying world and made their appearance in saltwater patterns. Many fresh water tyers have never seen these. Basically the concept is to tie a loop of mono off the bend and stack steel or brass beads on it to create a weighted "keel." I prefer wire for big streamers. Also, if you want to add weight, I'll just pinch a split shot or two next to the beads. I don't bother with this technique for small flies but on some of my big tandem streamers I find it can help keep a fly right side up in the water.

The pics below illustrate the concept as part of the tying process in a typical muskie fly.

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Posted on: 2011/1/2 21:39


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I assume those beads are loose on the mono/steel loop correct? Brass beads banging together are like magnets for bass. That's a nice crawfish imitation.

Posted on: 2011/1/2 21:54


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Yes, they're loose.
You're correct about the sound, some folks feel the clicking noise made by the beads acts as a fish attractor. Can't say from experience that this has been the case for me as I don't use enough flies tied with these keels.

Posted on: 2011/1/2 22:22


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I used brass and glass beads all the time in Texas and Carolina rigged plastic bait presentation to large mouths. I firmly believe that sound triggers a fish's "eat me a crawfish" response.

Posted on: 2011/1/2 22:30


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Can I suggest y'all hit up the Hobby Lobby beading section? Metal beads in big bags, I think I paid $1.47 for 50. THey go on sale every other week.

Posted on: 2011/1/2 23:52
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Thanks gfen!
There's a new Hobby Lobby near Chambersburg - next time I'm heading over to Falling Springs I'll check out their beads.

Posted on: 2011/1/3 16:07


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Supposed to be a new one around here some where as well.

Posted on: 2011/1/4 1:01


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I've never seen metal beads at AC Moore or Michael's, but on the downside these beads won't fit over a standard or sproat bend hook.

They do, however, appear to fit on curved/caddis hooks.

Posted on: 2011/1/4 1:17
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seems like a good way to recycle guitar string clipings,make a keel out of them.

Posted on: 2011/1/4 2:04


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I used brass and glass beads all the time in Texas and Carolina rigged plastic bait presentation to large mouths. I firmly believe that sound triggers a fish's "eat me a crawfish" response.


My thoughts as well. I wonder how a trout sized version of that fly would work on Penns? Ever notice how many crawfish there are on Penns? I asked at both the feathered Hook and Penns Creek Anglers if anyone ever tried any flies on Penns tied to imitate crawfish. No one had ever heard of that.

Posted on: 2011/1/4 7:53


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i don't know if you stumbled upon this by trial and error or saw it done by someone else, but that is the only way that i have ever been able to make a wormhook swim keel down without spinning.
i learned this trick a few years ago experimenting with placing the weight in different locations on that hook after my leader came back twisted time and time again. a great way to creat and fish a "wormfly" for LMB in lakes and ponds, and as described - a crawdad for SMB in large rivers.
nice job

Posted on: 2011/1/4 13:36
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