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Bead Head Baetis Mayfly Nymph Bead Head Rubber Leg Prince
Bead Head Copper Bob Bead Head Lightning Bug, Black
Bead Head Copper Bob, Red Bead Head Lightning Bug, Red
Bead Head Copper Bob, Olive Bead Head Lightening Bug, Pearl Green
Bead Head Bird's Nest, Natural Bead Head Lightning Bug, Silver
Bead Head Bird's Nest, Olive Bead Head Berry Nymph, Blueberry
Bead Head Batman Nymph Berry Nymph, Raspberry Red
Bead Head Chubby Cousin Tungsten Bead Hare's Ear
Bead Head Montana Prince, Blue Bead Head Guides' Choice Hares Ear
Bead Head Prince Nymph Bead Head Lightning Stone, Purple
Bead Head Psycho Prince, Purple Bead Head Tung Teaser
  Bead Head Zug Bug

Bead Head Nymphs are productive for trout. Josh Linn photo.
In their purest form, fishing flies are supposed to fool fish into believing that they are eating something that they normally feed on. Most avid fly tiers put a lot of study into what game fish eat in their natural environment so that they can replicate those organisms with tying materials to exacting detail. One would suppose that the tier who can construct the most believable counterfeit has advantages in fooling his/her prey. It's called "Matching The Hatch".
"Attractors" are fly patterns that don't really fit into any of the hatch-matching game. In fact many "Attractor" flies aren't reminiscent of anything that ever lived, or anything that fish would eat, or even anything that trout would regularly encounter in their natural environment. There are "Attractor" flies in nearly every category of flies. Dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, streamers, and bucktails all have their "Attractor" contingent. "Attractor" flies are regularly used in both freshwater and saltwater environments.  Apparently there are "Attractor Patterns" designed for nearly every specie of fish that is pursued with fly rods. Some species, such as steelhead and tarpon are often more interested in "Attractors" than they are in flies that look like real food.
Many of us trout fishers grew up reading the works of Skues, Marinaro, Scwiebert, Hafele and Hughes. All these renowned trout anglers have done a great deal of study into what trout eat, and then shared their ideas with the rest of us. Anglers who understand trout, and the environment that they live in have many advantages over anglers who don't.

Bead Head Lightning Bug in action. Josh Linn Photo, Deschutes River.
So one wonders why a trout would eat a stonefly nymph made almost entirely out of purple Mylar. After collecting hundreds of insect samples from dozens of streams and lakes, I have never encountered any living critter which was purple and blindingly reflective. Yet, trout will often eat flies that are purple, or bright red for no apparent reasons. Maybe they are the same reasons that trout will take spinners with whirling blades, or lures that are fluorescent chartreuse or fluorescent orange.
Fact is that many trout have been caught on oddball colored flies as well. One of the most popular dry flies, the Royal Wulff would be hard to fit into any insect family.
The plot continues to thicken. Why would a trout eat anything with a brightly polished brass bead on its head? For that matter nothing lives in or along the bottom of our rivers that have bright white wings, yet thousands of trout have fallen for Bead Head Prince Nymphs which have both bright beads and white wings. It is evident that trout see their environment different than we do. Their eyes see spectrums that we don't.
Many anglers fish to gain this knowledge. It is fairly easy to study aquatic trout foods and attempt to replicate them with flies. As this game is played we often find that our senses have much in common with our quarry. "Matching The Hatch" is a reliable approach.
But, there are apparently many senses we don't have in common with trout. Organ array is different between us and them. For instance our brains are bigger, but we don't have lateral lines. It would be hard to believe that any of us would eat anything which had a brass bead for a head. But, then how many of us have been seduced by a gold watch or a pair of diamond ear rings.
Fact of the matter is, bead head flies work. (And so do diamond earrings).

Sloan's Mighty Mite Baetis Nymph
Baetis nymphs are swimmers.  They prefer weedy riffles and runs.  Use a "kick screen" in the morning.  If you find Baetis nymphs with wing pads that are very dark, chances are there will be a hatch during that day.  Nymphs will start getting restless in the morning.  This is a good time to pound the bottom with Baetis Nymph patterns.  Tied for the winter hatch. Dave Sloan pattern.
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01-0680-16 Sloan's Mighty Mite Baetis Nymph 18 3 for $6.75

Copper Bob
Utilizing an incredibly fast sink rate for such a tiny fly it gets near the bottom where trout would expect to find it.  With a forked tail, neutral colored body and striped legs, this nymph approximates many things that trout feed.  It has been proven with many great catches.  Copper nymphs are especially good in winter for trout, whitefish and even steelhead.
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01-0680-16 Copper Bob 16 3 for $6.75
01-0680-18 Copper Bob 18 3 for $6.75

Copper Bob, Olive
Copper nymphs are especially good in winter for trout, whitefish and even steelhead. This fly works very well as it is, but sometimes works even better with the legs and tail trimmed of. In this mode, it can be a deadly Green Rock Worm Pattern.
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01-0680-16 Copper Bob 16 3 for $6.75
01-0680-18 Copper Bob 18 3 for $6.75

Copper Bob, Red
This is a more jazzed-up colored copper nymph.  The local on-stream tests have made this one of the most popular nymphs.  Trout and whitefish love them. 
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01-0687-14 Copper Bob, Red 14 3 for $6.75
01-0687-16 Copper Bob, Red 16 3 for $6.75
01-0687-18 Copper Bob, Red 18 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Bird's Nest, Natural
This pattern was designed by the late Cal Bird in 1959, who owned a small fly shop in San Francisco in the 40's and 50's. The Bird's Nest was first tied for the Truckee River as a caddis pupa pattern. Doubtful that the first Bird's Nests were tied with bead-heads as this was not the fashion until the mid-1980's.
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13841 Bead Head Bird's Nest, Natural 12 3 for $6.75
13842 Bead Head Bird's Nest, Natural 14 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Bird's Nest, Olive
Original Bird's Nests were tied in various shades. Olive was one of the original colors, which has remained popular to the present time. we recently read an article by California's popular trout school instructor, Ralph Cutter, where he describes coating his Bird's Nest with Shimazaki Dry Shake floatant, so the fly collects bubbles and looks like a diving, egg laying caddis.
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13122 Bead Head Bird's Nest, Olive 14 3 for $6.75
13123 Bead Head Bird's Nest, Olive 16 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Batman Nymph
This fly is designed as a Purple searching nymph that is styled after the ever popular Prince Nymph. Searching nymphs are flies like Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tails etc. Basically, they are flies that don’t necessarily represent a specific bug but are close enough in proportion to various nymphs and can often times be more successful getting trout to hand if the angler is not “spot on” as to what
bug trout are keying on. Not sure exactly why this fly turned on? It just seems that fish started eating Purple and Blue nymphs a few years ago…Or…Maybe that is just when people started fishing them?
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01004214 Bead Head Batman Nymph, Purple 14 3 for $6.75
01004216 Bead Head Batman Nymph, Purple 16 3 for $6.75

 Chubby Cousin
All the same colors as the old reliable gray Hackle Peacock, but rearranged and rejuvenated. This fly was first tied by Hogan Brown for the Yuba river in California.  Top ranked fishing guide, Travis Johnson says this is a must have fly for fishing the Deschutes River. Enough said.
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SIG1074 Chubby Cousin 16 3 for $6.75

B. H. Montana Prince, Blue
Travis Johnson says, he first became aquainted with the Montana Blue Prince Nymph when a client tied one on the end of his leader and caught a trout with his first cast while fishing the Deschutes River in Oregon. This bug is a hot item from early spring through the summer months.
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01-0830-10 Bead Head Montana Prince Nymph, Blue 10 3 for $6.75


Bead Head Montana Blue Prince Nymph in action. Travis Johnson photo, Deschutes River, Oregon.


Bead Head Prince Nymph
This is one of the most popular trout flies in the world. It was originated by FFF Buszek Award winner Doug Prince in the 1970's. The first prince nymphs were unweighted. During the same period adding gold colord beads to fly patterns became popular in Europe. When someone added a gold bead to the head of the Prince Nymph it became even more popular.
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9055-08 Bead Head Prince Nymph 8 3 for $6.75
9055-10 Bead Head Prince Nymph 10 3 for $6.75
9055-12 Bead Head Prince Nymph 12 3 for $6.75
9055-14 Bead Head Prince Nymph 14 3 for $6.75
9055-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph 16 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Rubber Leg Prince
If you are not familiar with this fly get to know it! We all know how good Peacock Prince nymphs/B.H. Prince nymphs are all season in rivers and lakes. There is really no plausible explanation why Peacock and Red Ice Dubbing tied on a hook Prince style w/ speckled rubber legs is so good…it just is!
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01011614 Bead Head Rubber Leg Prince Nymph 14 3 for $6.75
01011616 Bead Head Rubber Leg Prince Nymph 16 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Psycho Prince, Purple
That trout see ultraviolet colors that humans don't see is pretty much proven by the fact that in some light conditions they choose these flies above all others.
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13852 Bead Head Psycho Prince, Purple 12 3 for $6.75
13853 Bead Head Psycho Prince, Purple 14 3 for $6.75
13854 Bead Head Psycho Prince, Purple 16 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Lightning Bug, Black
I like to refer to these as STD’s…Yes, Save The Day flies. When all else fails reach into the box for a Lightning Bug and it is kind of like turning the bite switch to “ON”. Black Lightning Bugs fish great in low light morning and evenings and off color water making a great mayfly nymph silhouette.
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01028218 Bead Head Lightning Bug, Black 18 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Lightning Bug, Pearl
Green

These flies have proven themselves for Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Bull trout.
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01-0286-14 Bead Head Lightning Bug, Pearl Green 14 3 for $6.75
01-0286-16 Bead Head Lightning Bug, Pearl Green 16 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Lightning Bug, Red
These flies have proven themselves for Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Bull trout.
Fish with Red Lightning Bugs especially hard fall through winter and early spring in smaller sizes.
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01-0281-16 Bead Head Lightning Bug, Red 16 3 for $6.75
01-0281-18 Bead Head Lightning Bug, Red 18 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Lightning Bug, Silver
Lightning Bugs are not necessarily new; they are just great nymphs that command attention on all rivers.  Silver Lightning bugs in various sizes are good all year long and belong right next to your Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tails. This can also be a very good fly when tiny fry are emerging. Enough of the smoochy stuff, you animal !!!
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01-0280-16 Bead Head Lightning Bug, Silver 16 3 for $6.75

Berry Nymph, Blueberry Blue
They went out of production, so we had them custom tied and they were nearly all gone the first week end.

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17363 Berry Nymph, Blueberry 14 3 for $6.75
17364 Berry Nymph, Blueberry 16 3 for $6.75

Berry Nymph, Raspberry Red


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17372 Berry Nymph, Raspberry Red 14 3 for $6.75
17373 Berry Nymph, Raspberry Red 16 3 for $6.75

Tungsten Bead Hares Ear
If heavy is good, then heavier might be better. Tungsten is much heavier than brass. The gold colored tungsten bead on the head of this fly makes it sink very quickly.  these flies are very effective in rivers with fast currents.
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17949 Tungsten Bead Hares Ear 12 3 for $6.75
17950 Tungsten Bead Hares Ear 14 3 for $6.75
17951 Tungsten Bead Hares Ear 16 3 for $6.75

Guide's Choice Hares Ear
Nymphs tend to adapt to the color of the stream bed. Fishing two flies at once will increase your odds of hooking up. Usually two different colors or sizes are used. A Gold Rib Hares Ear is one of those flies that look like a lot of different stream bed insects. This fly can also be altered with markers and clippers. Has caught many trout as-is.

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12427 Guide's Choice Hares Ear Nymph 14 3 for $6.75
12428 Guide's Choice Hares Ear Nymph 16 3 for $6.75

Dave's Lightning Stone, Purple
More evidence that trout and steelhead see ultraviolet colors.

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02025108 Dave's Lightning Stone, Purple 8 3 for $6.75

Bead Head Tung Teaser
Another killer pattern from John Barr, incorporating a tungsten bead and elements from the Copper John, Prince Nymph and Hares Ear. Can appear as a large mayfly nymph or a smaller stonefly nymph. A great dropper fly to be used as weight to get deep with smaller/lighter weight flies.

Tung Teaser
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18093 Bead Head Tung Teaser Nymph 10 3 for $7.50

Bead Head Zug Bug
Another killer pattern from John Barr, incorporating a tungsten bead and elements from the Copper John, Prince Nymph and Hares Ear. Can appear as a large mayfly nymph or a smaller stonefly nymph. A great dropper fly to be used as weight to get deep with smaller/lighter weight flies.

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01-0420-12 Bead Head Zug Bug 12 3 for $7.50
01-0420-14 Bead Head Zug Bug 14 3 for $7.50

The key to success is "understanding".  You can never know enough.
Understanding the organisms that trout feed on is one of the keys to catching trout.
The Hatch Guide For Western Streams by Jim Schollmeyer 
is great reference material for the trout fisher.
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