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Bead Head Nymphs
Strike Indicators
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Bead Head Nymphs
A trout eats about twenty percent of his diet from the river’s surface, and eighty percent from beneath its surface. As anglers in pursuit of trout, more often than not this means that we need to get down and dirty to find our quarry. Bead head nymphs are the most popular as well as the most effective way to do this. These nymphs are most often tied with counter bored brass or tungsten beads. Just as our friends across the pond discovered long ago, these flies are fished effectively in tandem, with some techniques utilizing more than two flies, like Czech nymphing. Be sure to have a box full of these weighted flies for your next day on the water to insure success.
This trout ate a Bead Head Nymph...
Bead Head Attractor Nymphs Bead Head Midges
Bead Head Caddis Bead Head Mayflies
Bead Head Krystal Buggers Bead Head Flash-A-Buggers
Bead Head Leeches Bead Head Fly Tying Supplies
Bead Head Czech/Polish Nymphs More info on Bead Head Flies

B.H. Baetis Mayfly Nymph

B.H. Batman Nymph

B.H. Bird's Nest, Natural

B.H. Bird's Nest, Olive

B.H. Berry Nymph, Blue

B.H. Berry Nymph, Raspberry

B.H. Caddis, Diving, Olive

B.H. Caddis, Diving, Tan

B.H. Caddis, Pupa, Black

B.H. Caddis, Pupa, Olive

B.H. Caddis, Pupa, Tan

B.H. Pyrite Caddis

B.H. Caddis, Nitro, Olive

B.H. Caddis, Nitro, Tan

B.H. Green Caddis Larva

B.H. Peaking Cased Caddis

B.H. Rock Roller

Caddis, Sub-merger, Olive

Caddis, Sub-merger, Tan

B.H. Copper Bob

B.H. Copper Bob, Olive

B.H. Copper Bob, Red

B.H. Chubby Cousin

B.H Double Agent, Green/Blk

B.H Double Agent, Red/Blk

B.H. Green Drake Nymph

B.H. Olive Hares Ear

B.H. Guides' Choice Hares Ear

B.H. Gold Rib Hare's Ear

B.H. Hares Ear, Rubber Leg

B.H. Lightening Bug, Black

B.H. Lightening Bug, Green

B.H. Lightening Bug, Red

B.H. Lightening Bug, Silver

B.H. Soft Hackle, P.T.

B.H. Chironomid, Black/Red

B.H. Chironomid, Bomber

B.H. Chrome Chironomid

B.H. Midge, Zebra, Black

B.H. Midge, Zebra, Red

B.H. Pheasant Tail

B.H. P.T. Flash Back

B.H. CDC Pheasant Tail

B.H. Prince Nymph
Twistons Lead Strip Sinkers
Twistons Sinkers

B.H. Montana Prince

B.H. Psycho Prince, Purple

B.H. Rubber Leg Prince

B.H. Super Sinker, Black

B.H. Super Sinker, Brown

Double Orange Bead Peacock Stone

B. H. Stone, Rubber Leg, Black

B. H. Stone, Imp. Golden

B.H. Speculator, Brown

B.H. Speculator, Golden

B. H. Stone, Little Black Sloan

Double Bead, Pearl-Back Stone

Double Bead Stone, Black

Double Bead Stone, Brown

Double Bead Stone, Peacock

Double Bead Stone, Golden

B. H. Stone, Lightening Stone

B. H. Stone, Yellow Sally

The brass bead head fly has become one of the most popular fly types. This is because the weight of the brass bead helps keep the fly very close to the bottom where trout are used to seeing and capturing their food. The flash of the brass bead has also proven to be very attractive to several other kinds of sport fish such as bass and panfish. Possibly a bead just makes the fly easier for the fish to locate. The Bead Head flies listed in our site are offered in the most productive sizes.

A Breif History of Bead Head Nymphs, and European Fishing Methods
Apparently the gold bead flies that are now so popular in America and Europe, actually originated in the central part of Europe - more than 100 years ago.
According to Roman Moser, who is acknowledged as the world's authority on the subject, the roots of the Bead Head flies lie in the Northern Italian area. By 1900, fishermen of Piemont, Bergamo, Brescia and Friulia fished in their alpine rivers with this type of nymph.
The nymphs were built on snelled hooks. These hooks, like many hooks from the earliest eras were constructed without eyes, as eyed hooks were very difficult to make with the forging processes available at the time. A silk gut snell was affixed to the hook shank with an over-wrap of tying thread. The fly was constructed covering the snell. The body of the nymph was usually made from pure silk floss ribbed with gold, silver or black metal wire. The silk fly bodies became translucent when they got wet. Instead of a conventional head made from tying thread, a glass pearl bead was slipped in place. In the Tyrolean rivers, these simple flies were often fished under a special wooden float with conventional casting gear. Evidently this method proved to be "too-effective", because it has now outlawed from many rivers for conservation reasons. If you would like to know about the History of the Bead Head Fly, check out this fascinating article by Roman Moser.

Locally, bead head flies are usually fished under "floats" called strike indicators by anglers using fly fishing gear. Bead head nymphs are often fished on multiple-fly rigs. Fishing two and three fly rigs is very popular. This fishing technique is probably just as effective as the Tyrolean method, but remains legal because most local trout rivers are regulated as "catch and release" only.

Fly fishing tournaments are a popular form of recreation in Europe. Vladi Trzebunia from Poland, was the 1989 Gold medalist and member of the Polish team. This team took the fly fishing world by storm when they introduced the Polish nymph. That year, with this fly and the newly created method of fishing known today as Polish Nymphing, Vladi caught more fish by himself than the next three ranked teams combined. "Czech Nymphing" is very much like the locally evolved method and often employs woven body nymphs constructed with gold beads.

Bead Heads are also popular in the construction of many flies used in still water.

Bead Head Prince NymphBead Head Bird's Nest, Olive
The key to success is "understanding". You can never know enough.
Understanding the organisms that trout feed on is one of the keys to catching trout.
The Hatch Guide For Western Streams by Jim Schollmeyer
is great reference material for the trout fisher.
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About Strike Indicators
A strike indicator is a small bright colored bobber used in fly fishing when presenting a dead-drifted nymph, or any fly that is to small to see. The most popular application in the winter and early spring, is to place the indicator on the leader at a distance where the nymph(s) will be suspended barely above the bottom of the river. When a trout eats the nymph, the indicator wil stop or be pulled under so that the angler can strike and set the hook. Since various depths might be fished in a single run, it pays to use indicators that are easy to move up or down the leader. Indicators that are lightweight and compact are easiest to cast. The angler will want a variety of colors of indicators to contrast with the light conditions.
WestWater Thingamabobbers Poly Cord Material
Frog Hair Indicators Fish Detective Indicators
Fish Pimp Indicators Palsa Pinch-On Indicators
Poly Vee Indicators
Thingamabobber Strike Indicators
These indicators are soft and squishy, but very durable. They are easy to see, are extremely sensitive, float higher than cork or yarn and are easier to cast. Its design was inspired by western guides who use small balloons as strike indicators for their buoyancy and sensitivity. All sizes will appeal to trout anglers. the large size is perfect for steelhead fishing. Assorted colors in each pack.
Sizes Available: Small (1/2"), Medium (3/4"), Large (1")
Sizes Small and Medium come with Jam Stop.
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014056 Thingamabobber Strike Indicators, With Jam Stop Small 5 for $5.50 Sale Ended
014032 Thingamabobber Strike Indicators, With Jam Stop Medium 5 for $5.50 Sale Ended
014049 Thingamabobber Strike Indicators Large 4 for $5.50 Sale Ended

Frog Hair Ultimate Strike Indicators
Frog Hair Strike Indicators incorporate a quick and easy line threading system that allows for fast, strategic and secure adjustments on all knotless leaders. As the fisherman moves up or down the stream, he or she will encounter the need to adjust the depth at which the fly rides. With the Frog Hair Strike Indicator, the fisherman simply grabs the indicator and slides it into the desired position, lets go, and continues fishing. Because the indicator adjustment utilizes friction grip technology, there are no rubber bands to twist, no toothpicks to tangle on and no sticky residue left on your line. The Ultimate Strike Indicator system also can be set-up as a "Slider". Set one rubber stop at the depth you want to fish. Then set the other near your split shot. Let the strike indicator slide on your leader between the two
stops. This set-up can really aid casting as the bulky strike indicator is near the flies when the cast is made and then it slides up the leader as the weighted flies sink to the bottom. This system is most helpful when heavy nymphs and larger indicators are used. Because the rubber stops are held in place by friction, they can be moved and reconfigured instantly and often.

Micro (3/8" x 3/16"), Small (11/16" x 3/8"),
Medium (7/8" x 9/16"), Large (1" x 11/16")
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91130 Frog Hair Ultimate Indicators Micro 3 for $6.95 Sale Ended
91131 Frog Hair Ultimate Indicators Small 3 for $6.95 Sale Ended
91132 Frog Hair Ultimate Indicators Medium 3 for $6.95 Sale Ended
91133 Frog Hair Ultimate Indicators Large 3 for $6.95 Sale Ended

Fish Pimp® Strike Indicators
  • 30% lighter than other foam indicators
  • Float high and are easy to see and cast
  • Aerodynamically shaped on both ends, which reduces wind resistance when casting
  • Easy to apply and remove, and are reusable
  • Each tube package contains 6 Fish Pimp® strike indicators
  • Remember: "Every Nymph Needs A Pimp!"®

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AVE12 Fish Pimp Strike Indicators, Orange 6 for $7.15 Sale Ended
AVE13 Fish Pimp Strike Indicators, White 6 for $7.15 Sale Ended
AVE14 Fish Pimp Strike Indicators, Yellow 6 for $7.15 Sale Ended

Poly Vee Strike Indicators
These poly yarn indicators are easy to se and easy to attach to your leader. Simply double your leader and insert it through the loop on the bottom of the Poly Vee. Loop the leader over the Poly Vee and pull tight. When you want to change depths loosen your leader and move the Poly Vee. (3) Per package.
Poly Vees are naturally buoyant, but will float even higher when treated with fly floatant. We highly recommend Water Shed for this purpose.

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SJRR-Y Poly Vee Strike Indicators - 3 per pkg - Yellow $3.10 Sale Ended
SJRR-O Poly Vee Strike Indicators - 3 per pkg - Orange $3.10 Sale Ended
SJRR-W Poly Vee Strike Indicators - 3 per pkg - White $3.10 Sale Ended

Poly Cord Strike Indicator Material
Easy to use, just snip of about 1" and attach to leader with a slip knot or can be used to make Poly Vee type strike indicators. When frayed this poly cord repels water and traps air.
Poly Cord is naturally buoyant, but will float even higher when treated with fly floatant. We highly recommend Water Shedfor this purpose. 12" long.

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PO24O Poly Cord Strike Indicator Material, Orange $1.50 Sale Ended
PO24W Poly Cord Strike Indicator Material, White $150 Sale Ended
PO24Y Poly Cord Strike Indicator Material, Yellow $1.50 Sale Ended

Palsa Pinch-On Foam Strike Indicators

These compact, lightweight peal and stick strike indicators are quick, easy and cheap. They are not reusable however. Be sure to pack out your used ones.

(24) Per package

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30002 Palsa Pinch-On Foam Strike Indicators - 24 - Fluorescent Red $3.20 Sale Ended
30001 Palsa Pinch-On Foam Strike Indicators - 24 - Fluorescent Orange $3.20 Sale Ended

Royal Wulff Ambush Line Royal Wulff Ambush Line
Royal Wulff's new trout and steelhead line is designed to roll cast easily with single-handed rods. Promotes easy roll-casting for distance in close quarters. Designed with a short, 20-foot, weighted front end, marked by a color change in the line, from lime green to blue. This “change point” creates a visual reference point for intuitive casting. Front-loaded with a thin running line, it excels at distance with traditional or haul casts. Features welded loop and J3 coating.
Matt Sherman on Silver Creek
Matt Sherman on Silver Creek in Idaho.

The aggressive front taper of the Wulff Ambush line allows anglers to fish in the tightest of spots, and the worst of conditions. Whether steeple casting against high banks on the Deschutes River, or punching tight loops into horrendous winds on the Idaho prairies, this line does it all. This fine brown was caught in a howling wind and rain storm utilizing the Ambush line which was more than sufficient to punch through these tough conditions.

WF4 = 195-grains WF5 = 215-grains WF6 = 235-grains WF7 = 266-grains WF8 = 290-grains
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TTAMF4 Royal Wulff Ambush Line WF4 $74.95 Sale Ended
TTAMF5 Royal Wulff Ambush line WF5 $74.95 Sale Ended
TTAMF6 Royal Wulff Ambush line WF6 $74.95 Sale Ended
TTAMF7 Royal Wulff Ambush line WF7 $74.95 Sale Ended
TTAMF8 Royal Wulff Ambush line WF8 $74.95 Sale Ended

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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