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How to Use Jig Hooks and Slotted Beads, Part I (38 of 56)

Beadhead nymphs are wildly popular among fly fishers for several reasons: they sink fast without split shot, they offer attractive flash in the water, and they catch fish. Recently, many anglers have discovered that beadheads tied on tactical jig hooks work even better because they drift in a more horizontal orientation, snag the bottom less, and penetrate well because of the ultra-sharp barbless hook point. The problem is that standard beads don’t fit right on these new hooks. In this video–the first in a two-part series–Tim explains how slotted beads are your best choice.
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