At a Glance: Beads, Cones, Eyes

Our Beads, Cones, Eyes fly tying category offers brass, copper, and tungsten beads and cones in many colors, sizes, and weights. "Hot" colored beads and cones add attraction and weight to nymph and streamer flies, helping them sink quickly to the desired level in a stream or lake. FishUSA offers fly tying eyes in dumbbells and "live" eye options for the baitfish patterns. The fly tyer glues the "live" eyes onto baitfish and streamer patterns, producing a trigger point that attracts strikes. Some nymph patterns and those for shallow water crab and shrimp flies use lightweight, dumbbell-shaped black plastic eyes to add realism.