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#12038634 - 01/13/17 11:49 PM Glass Beads Question???
Brian Lee Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 4
Loc: Pflugerville, TX
I am new to tying and I am trying to make some micro-jigs with glass bead heads. I am using size 8 and size 10 hooks. I purchased a bunch of glass beads in the 4mm - 5mm size. Now that I have these beads I do not seem to be able to put the barb of the hook through the eye of the bead. helpsign

Is there a trick to this or can you only use barbless hooks with glass beads? Thank you all for your help.
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#12038637 - 01/14/17 12:04 AM Re: Glass Beads Question??? [Re: Brian Lee]
Brian Lee Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 4
Loc: Pflugerville, TX

A guy asked me the other day, "Where are the fish bighting?"
I responded, "In the upper lip!"
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I have a bait soooo secret, not even the fish know about it! roflmao dance2
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#12038678 - 01/14/17 05:44 AM Re: Glass Beads Question??? [Re: Brian Lee]
karstopo Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 136
Loc: Brazoria County
One thing to do is get a hook file and file down the barb until the bead fits. Or bend the barb like I usually do and then bend it back. I use the point of my bodkin to bend it back and some hemostats to bend it down.

A lot of barbs are bigger than they need to be anyway, so if you carefully file it down, the hook might be better than when you bought it. A good hook file should do this pretty fast. Most hook files have a coarse side and that will remove metal quickly. Use the fine side to finish off. A hook file is good to own if you don't already have one. Some hooks aren't very sharp to begin with, so you can quickly sharpen them with a file. I carry a file with me and use it frequently while fishing. One strike with an oyster and the hook needs sharpening.

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#12039235 - 01/14/17 12:34 PM Re: Glass Beads Question??? [Re: Brian Lee]
Brian Lee Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 4
Loc: Pflugerville, TX
Karstopo, thanks for the advice. It worked like a charm. From now on I will not purchase beads with only a 1mm hole. After a little research on the internet I found plenty of beads with 1.5mm - 2.0mm holes that will minimize this problem.

I am eager to get tying. I have 1,000 size 8 hooks showing up by Wednesday the 18th but I will be tying up a few of the hooks that I have in my tackle box between now and then. I want to see if I can replicate some of the flies and micro jigs that I remember my Grandfather tying.

Thanks again and remember to leave a few for seed!
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#12040518 - 01/15/17 08:46 AM Re: Glass Beads Question??? [Re: Brian Lee]
Jim Ford Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1222
Loc: Texas
Mash the barb down and leave it down. Easier to release a deep-hooked fish and easier to remove the fly from kayak grab handles, clothing, and skin. As long as you don't make a habit of throwing slack to the fish you will land just as many as you did with barbs.

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