I had the opportunity to experience using trout beads a few years ago on the Kenai in Ak. I was amazed at how effective they are, the hooking capability around the mouth of the fish and the easy release! However, many fly fishers consider this the " dark side"? Is it any darker than using bead head flys or cone head flys or indicators or......? Get my drift? Perhaps only fishing dry flys, upstream and taking out at 90 degrees is the only true fly fishing? What are your thoughts? I was also amazed at how well they work on all salmon in rivers! Tight lines
Post by Coastrider on Aug 28, 2017 16:05:02 GMT -8
Welcome to the forum! For me, if you can cast it effectively with a fly rod then it's fly fishing. Be it rubber legs, bead head or a plastic egg, it's just the same as long as the regs deem it ok and there is no weight on the leader other than that of the fly ( or chronomids)
Trout beads are not flies (neither are tube flies or intruders). The defining characteristic of a fly is that the attractants are permanently attached to the hook. In a lure the hook is attached to the attractant. So trout beads aren't technically either. Doesn't really matter to me what someone uses so long as it is fair and minimally damaging to the fish. Better check the regs though!