WEIGHTY MATTERS. If you’re looking for ways to add some weight to flies, along with flash, we’ve got you covered in today’s Outdoors Roundup, as cooler and windier conditions blow into the region providing a good opportunity to experiment at the vise today.
Featured Photo: ASSORTED. Beads, barbell eyes and cone heads help add to basic fly patterns. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 11/4 – NW Winds – Hi 31, Lo 26, Wind NW@15, G25
Tomorrow: Tue 11/5 – Snow – Hi 31, Lo 18, Wind SE@7
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
3:34PM Fol. Day 8:17PM 7:54AM
Moon Phase: First Quarter
EDGE HOUR: 5:30-6:30PM. Tapering winds with the setting sun will provide good action in today’s Edge Hour.
BEAD UP. The classic bead head helps add some weight and color to traditional streamer flies like the woolly bugger or mohair leech. Set them on the hook before beginning the pattern and secure them behind the hook eye. Use bright pinks and oranges to create egg-sucking leech patterns and tungsten beads to get down even deeper.
CONICAL. Cone heads help provide a streamlined profile and come in a variety of shapes these days, including cool fish skull varieties that give the look of a minnow, goby or sculpin. Use a bit of lead wire tucked into the cone to hold it in place.
EYES HAVE IT. Lead eyes have also become a staple in streamer patterns, popularized by the Clouser Minnow, Half-and-half and other beefy offerings for bass, pike and saltwater species. From tiny bead-chain eyes to heavy lead dumbells, these additions really add depth to a presentation and can be basic on up to super-flashy.