Swap Beady Swap


The Good Ol' Days are Now!
I also sent a package yesterday. It is a reusable package....remove the tape to open. return label and postage inside with the container of bugs.
Sounds good ansas and nailbender - I'll look for them today or tomorrow. Started mine up last week, hoping to finish up here soon. Once I receive them all I'll post up pics.

Ed Call

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I finally sat down to do the good work of sharing. I got a bit carried away. Mine are boxed for you Mayfly Aviator, and will be headed east in the morning's mail. They should arrive before the end of the week.


The Good Ol' Days are Now!
Beady Swap - Close to the end

I've posted photos and pattern information in the past and again today. Here are the two bead heads and some information about the materials.:hmmm:


Hook: Ring eye 14 16 18 hook. Mustad in this case.
Head: Black Bead appropriate for hook.
Thorax: Superfine March Brown dubbing picked out slightly
Body: Orange floss. Rayon in this case
Rib: Fine Copper wire.
Tails: Long 1.5x to 2x the length of the hook. Coq de Leon

The CDL material lights up like Polar Bear and is resilient springing back after deflection. The fly fishes well dead drifted and also when manipulated. I have good results using a Lisenring Lift presentation.

"No Name" (I think there is an ? established pattern with this moniker....this is NOT that fly)

Hook: TDE Std or 1LX 12,14
Head: Pearl Bead slightly larger than normal ~2x
Thorax: Black Superfine larger than normal ~2x
Body: 3/0 brown Kevlar thread. Heavily weighted with fine lead wire.
Wing: Coq de Leon
Tail: Coq de Leon

OK. This thing looks like it has funny proportions and it does. Think of it as if the hook gap is actually the center of the fly's body. It works well in faster water like pocket water, riffles, and deeper runs because of the extra weight it gets down quickly. It also works well manipulated like a mini-streamer. Just remember how small it really is when you start bouncing and jerking it around....tiny twitches. The CDL once again helps it have life.

Ed Call

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Scott, I have been under the weather and really slacking of late. I did not get very creative, but hope that some of what I offered is of interest. Guess you'll have to wait and see. The bugs I sent are ones that I've actually caught fish on (but don't let that secret slip, I have a reputation of a fishless fool to maintain).
Hope you get to feeling better soon Ed. This spring we should drown a few of our creations and scare the fish onto our lines. Looking forward to swimming your flies, mine are more the moving water type. I didn't get much fishin' time last year, gonna try and make that up starting this spring.