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.
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.