Tactical Fly Fisher inverting tungsten beads. 50 pack gold, silver, copper, black nickel

( 8 Reviews )

50 beads per pack

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Put 3 or more wraps of lead wire behind the bead.
  3. Put a drop of superglue in front of the bead.
  4. 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.


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8 Reviews

Mike Apr 22nd 2019

The work

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 Stewart Mar 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.

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