Glass beads are a useful tool in fly tying. Coming in many different colors and sizes, they can be used in tons of different ways to add to the aesthetic of your pattern. Many like to use clear glass beads to represent the air bubble created when adult flies are emerging from their shucks. Being glass, the sink rate of these beads is different than their brass or tungsten counterparts. So If you’re tying a fly that you want to fish below the surface but you don’t want it to drop down as fast as your euro nymphs, try out a glass bead. These beads are known for their durability, some tyers buy them just for that purpose.
Uses: Use a string of these beads for a creative body, or just use one for a head or air bubble
Comparisons: Very similar to other glass beads, these ones are known to be very high quality.
Example flies: Mercury Midge, Caddis Larva, Glass bead sucker spawn