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Bead size chart

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Print it out. Put it in your fly tying desk.

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Posted on: 2017/3/19 19:58
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Re: Bead size chart

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This is great little chart.


When would you use over lapping bead sizes?

If a 7/64 can be used for 12,14,16 hooks sizes. When would you use a 3/32 bead is its for sizes 14 & 16 why not just use a 7/64.

Weight?

Posted on: 12/25 22:27


Re: Bead size chart

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sroach wrote:
This is great little chart.


When would you use over lapping bead sizes?

If a 7/64 can be used for 12,14,16 hooks sizes. When would you use a 3/32 bead is its for sizes 14 & 16 why not just use a 7/64.

Weight?


For me I would use an overlapping bead if I wanted the fly heavier or lighter depending on how I want to go with the tie. In addition the heavier bead tends to be bigger on the hook which may not be an issue if you are tying on a 2xl nymph hook but on say a 2xs scud hook the extra space needed for the 7/64 bead could mess up proportions on an already small hook. Plus it never hurts to have an overlap because I always seem to run out of the bead size that I need.

Posted on: 12/26 9:47


Re: Bead size chart

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@nomad Makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the response.

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Re: Bead size chart

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Jimbot wrote:
Print it out. Put it in your fly tying desk.


I take it one step further and repack my beads into containers labeled by hook size and metric size. The fractions of an inch measurements drive me bonkers. I just wanna tie flies, not do math.

Posted on: 12/28 7:45


Re: Bead size chart

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As someone very new to fly tying, I've been looking for references to help me as i try to get a handle on materials and patterns.
Here are the two most used references i've put together after reading several articles, books, etc. (I'm not sure how to post them in my message, so the attachments will have to suffice)

Maybe someone else will find them useful. In general i find them to be useful reference points for starting recommendations, but certainly not hard and fast rules.

I also have a one page document which outlines the most common thread types and their applications for UNI, UTC, Flymaster, and Veevus which helps me better understand what threads i might actually need to buy and which ones i can swap out for various recipes that are out there. I would post everything, but i don't know how (or if it's even allowed) to post documents to the forum. hope this helps.



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Re: Bead size chart

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^ That chart is a little misleading. I think the hook size range of 10-22 is pretty optimistic for 3/0 and 6/0 thread. Particularly 3/0, and particularly UNI thread.

While some 3/0 threads can certainly be used on #10's and maybe 12's and 14's, it's practically useless for anything smaller unless you are building thread bodies. Even then you would want to swap out to a smaller diameter when tying in wings, wing cases, hackles, etc.

As you can tell by the denier comparison, UNI 3/0 is enormous. It's like tying with yarn.

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Re: Bead size chart

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Not to make things too complicated, but the hook style has a lot to do with it too. Like mentioned before having a shorter or longer shank will depend on what size bead looks good on the fly, but also depending on the bend, gape of a hook, and even wire size, certain beads just don't fit. Slotted beads help a bunch with this but I've jammed a countersunk bead on a hook more times than I can count and it got stuck on the bend only to be pried off with a pair of pliers.

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