Today we present you with a quick, easy, and sexier way of adding weight to streamers.. Glass beads!
We throw a lot of streamers over the course of the summer for our aggressive Alaskan trout, and contrary to popular belief, they eat them all summer long! That’s right, even during the height of the salmon egg and flesh drop, the presence of various baitfish, from sculpins to salmon smolt, keep trout keyed into large meals best represented by streamer and/or leech patterns.
In fact, we’ve told you before that even when heavily focused on eggs, we find simply sliding a bead onto your leader, ahead of your fly, is a great way to target some of the most aggressive fish in the lie – A little trick we’ve used from time to time to discourage smaller dollies from stealing the offering from larger dollies and trout.
Well, this year we discovered a new trick. When the situation calls for getting your streamer down just a hair deeper (often the case when banging the banks on the Kanektok), rather than add an ugly split shot, or switch to a sink tip line, we’ve found sliding on a simple glass or stone bead to work even better.
They’re cheap, available in a bunch of ‘eggy’ looking colors at your local craft store, and give your streamer the appearance of an egg sucking leech or sculpin, rather than a fish chasing down a hunk of lead.
Give it a try! For more info about where to find glass and/or stone beads, give our post on the topic a read by clicking right here.