Turn any hook into an inverted jig hook with these tungsten inverting tungsten beads. Because the weight is offset, hooks invert during the drift. I've had very good success using these beads on straight shank nymph hooks. They reliably turn the fly upside down which reduces snags and leads to more fish being hooked securely in the upper jaw. They also are heavier than equivalent sizes of slotted or countersunk tungsten beads because less of the bead is removed to accommodate the hook.
See the hook and bead chart in the product photos for information on matching hook size and bead mass.
The process for attaching them is:
Slide the bead onto the hook with the concave (recessed) side facing to the rear of the hook. Leave a gap between the hook eye and the bead.
Put 3 or more wraps of lead wire behind the bead.
Put a drop of superglue in front of the bead.
Invert the hook and slide the lead wire and bead forward. Jam the lead wire into the recess and the superglue will hold the wire and bead in place.
I love these things. Make any hook into a jigged hook. Converted alot of my patterns to use this bead. Well priced and perform just like they should.
ShaggyNov 28th 2019
I was really pleased to find these beads. I use them for making micro ice fishing jigs. The horizontal position is perfect for a very lively presantation of the bait. The 2,5 mm fitts nicely on 16 and 18 standard Tiemco dry fly hooks. The package was in my mailbox in Norway after about a week.
FRANK CADAOct 26th 2019
The 3.5mm bead works well on a 90 degree jig hook. I use them to make balanced leeches. The leech is perfectly horizontal in the water. This method of tying is much easier than the standard balanced leech using a pin to extend a bead beyond the eye of the hook. I did have a problem after putting the fly in hot water to remove memory from the leech body strands. The nickle bead turned white where the black beads kept their color.
Frank T KlimkoSep 2nd 2019
Not easy to work
After watching a Youtube video on tying Perdigones I decided to order these beads along with the Hanak 230 BL hooks in size 16. It is difficult to see the holes and once on the hook about a third of the beads were a struggle to move around the curve of the hook.
After a couple of tries of threading the bead on the hook I found it was easier to lay the bead on a flat white surface with the concave hole on the bottom. When looking st the bead it looks like a miniature igloo and when picking up the bead with pliers the small hole is in position to thread on the hook.
I consider the bead a novelty item and will move to a jig hook to keep a smaller inventory of fly tying items.
Michael PAug 14th 2019
These inverted beads are great for keeping the hook gap as wide as possible while allowing for a large or even oversized bead. I’ve tried a few variations in size and color and swear by them, not at them.
Jim WilkinsMay 24th 2019
Had to try them twice....
I fished some Perdigons that were tied with these and they were amazing. When I bought some 2.8 Inverting Beads last month....I couldn't find the darn hole and sent them back for some 3.8mm to tie some larger flies !6-14. When they arrived I figured out what I was doing wrong in about 12 seconds using the larger bead and immediately ordered some more 2.8mm for my smaller Perdigons. Can't wait to get these in the water. Still tie with slotted and countersunk but these fill a niche for me. Very pleased.
MikeApr 22nd 2019
These do turn traditional hooks upside down, but they make your flies look a bit like they are wearing a football helmet. Only time on the water will tell if the fish care. I like the look of my flies on curved scud hooks better than straight shanks. I usually use a 2x long hook with a bead, but because the bead is narrow near the shank after inverting, you have more room so consider that when buying.
Bob StewartMar 4th 2019
Inverted Tungsten bead
I have not fished these beads yet. I have tied several flies with them and they have exceeded my exceptions on the vise. They are easy to get around the bend, for their size they are extremely heavy, and finally they are easy to set using super glue. I initially thought glueing them would be a problem but its super easy. I particularly like that they do not crowd the gap.
Craig StoneFeb 24th 2019
These are great beads to work with all nymph types. I use the 2.5 for my perdigon and thread frenchies and use bigger sizes for my anchor flies . Big browns love eating a big stonefly nymphs with a big inverted bead