Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: bead direction

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Bellville
    Posts
    356

    Default bead direction

    Hi all

    I noticed that the beads, or at least the brass beads I'm using, has a bigger hole on the one side. Why is this and which way should it be?

    Benja

    PS I'm getting dangerously addicted to fly tying, Still have to test them though...
    They've got us surrounded - the poor bastards!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    cape town
    Posts
    795

    Default

    The small hole goes against the hook eye. The bigger section is that so when you finish the fly the bead can slide back about 2mm to cover the body of the fly and leave enough room in front of the bead to finish of the head of the fly. I hope I got it right and that it helps.
    Thatís the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isnít good enough for me! I demand euphoria! (Calvin and Hobbes)

    http://pipersystem.com

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Bellville
    Posts
    356

    Default

    thank you Jason, it makes sense
    They've got us surrounded - the poor bastards!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    cape town
    Posts
    795

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Benja View Post
    thank you Jason, it makes sense
    No problem buddy. I am sure some of the other fly guys will give some better reasons as well.
    Thatís the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isnít good enough for me! I demand euphoria! (Calvin and Hobbes)

    http://pipersystem.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Claremont, Cape Town
    Posts
    4,251

    Default

    having the small hole at the hook eye also allows the eye of the hook to protrude ... not be hidden in the countersunk bit .... make for easier threading.
    I always wanted to be somebody,but now I realize I should have been more specific.
    Alcohol is the anaesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. GBS

  6. #6

    Default

    As the others have stated the small hole goes towards the eye, the countersunk hole is there purely to aid in getting the bead around the bend of the hook.
    The bead should not be able to move if you have tied it in correctly.
    If the bead has a large recess you can wrap 4-6 turns of lead wire around the shank and slide this into the recess then cover the lead with thread wraps.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Gauteng
    Posts
    1,349

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tango View Post
    As the others have stated the small hole goes towards the eye, the countersunk hole is there purely to aid in getting the bead around the bend of the hook.
    The bead should not be able to move if you have tied it in correctly.
    If the bead has a large recess you can wrap 4-6 turns of lead wire around the shank and slide this into the recess then cover the lead with thread wraps.
    Always use lead in the gap between bead and shank.
    I normally add superglue to the end of the lead to lock both it and the bead in place.
    Gary
    Flytyer - Where great flytying begins

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Bellville
    Posts
    356

    Default

    Thanks everyone, I thought it would be this way, makes more sense
    They've got us surrounded - the poor bastards!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •