Hi ShaunF,

The color of the bead would depend on the color of the material, I have used translucent glass beads as well and they work.

The beads just give the fly this neutral effect in the water. I have watched a bass come behind the fly and you leave the fly just lying in “space” and then do a twitch retrieve. The bass just nails the fly


On the point of whip finishing the fly... well I first remove the fly from the vice and then wrap the thread around the tail section and spin the bobbin around and around... I then put it back in the vice and whip finishes the tail and I put some Sally Hanson on the thread. I use very thin thread for the tail.