Video: How to Use Jig Hooks and Slotted Beads, Part I

Here’s another “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video teaches 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.

Beadhead nymphs are wildly popular among fly fishers for several reasons: they sink fast without split shot, they offer attractive flash in the water, and they catch fish. Recently, many anglers have discovered that beadheads tied on tactical jig hooks work even better because they drift in a more horizontal orientation, snag the bottom less, and penetrate well because of the ultra-sharp barbless hook point. The problem is that standard beads don’t fit right on these new hooks. In this video–the first in a two-part series–Tim explains how slotted beads are your best choice.

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