In our neck of the woods, trout like eggs. Therefore, we tend to do a lot of bead fishing for trout at our lodges. Salmon eggs are a primary food source for our trout, and there isn’t a better imitation than a single bead.
Most beads made specifically for trout fishing are made of plastic, usually requiring some amount of split shot to get down to the desired depth. Because of this, beads made of heavier materials like coral have long been sought after by anglers. Coral beads have become increasingly difficult to find over the years however, and are thus more expensive as well.
Therefore, we were pretty excited when our good friend and Deneki guest, John Wilkin, introduced us to a great substitute to coral beads; Stone beads!
Found at most craft stores, stone beads are substantially heavier than plastic beads requiring less, if any, split shot. We tested them out this season at Alaska West and were really pleased with the results. Not only were our rigs easier to cast, and got deeper faster, we also found the stone beads to be surprisingly durable as well. Some of our guides even incorporated them into their flesh flies, making for a killer ‘steak and eggs’ pattern that sinks, well, like a stone.
Stone beads are sold at most craft stores by the ‘strand’ and are often marketed under materials like quartzite, quartz, agate, and others. They can be found in a bunch of really cool solid and mottled colors and are even offered in many of the same sizes as popular plastic beads (6mm, 8mm, 10mm, and so on).
We’ve spent more time than we’re willing to admit prowling the aisles of craft stores for tackle and tying materials and would encourage you to do the same!