Video: How to Make Your Own Colored Beads

A few years ago, we launched a new series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video will teach a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.

Not everyone (by which I mean “hardly anyone”) has a tying bench as well stocked as Tim’s, but even he occasionally finds himself without the right color weighted beads. He’s come up with an ingenious method for making his own, using nail polish, toothpicks, and styrofoam. As usual, he has thought of all possible disasters and has taken steps to avert them.

2 thoughts on “Video: How to Make Your Own Colored Beads”

  1. I do the same with bead chain and dumbbell eyes as well. Still haven’t found a great way to hold dumbbells – only have e few alligator clips.

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