The crew has been trying once a week to gather around some brews, fly tying, film watching, and all around bullshitting. Sort of a support group to help get through these difficult times. Last check the temperature was hovering around 0°F.
Interesting enough the topic last night turned to using beads and how some of the crew has decided never to use them again. Strong words indeed and easily said outside of beading season. Like to see how this plays out in the Fall.
Apparently, the ease at which fish fall victim to the con is what is driving them away from using beads. I have to admit that a particular trip last season did fill my beading quota for a while. The trip was insane and the only way not to catch a fish was to keep your line out of the water.
So the question is…Who can go next season without using beads?
From the roster I see that some of the crew will have a more difficult time than others. CT and Tuber have already decided not to use beads ever again. I’ve been thinking about it and I am leaning toward the same decision.
For years I’ve been a diehard beader. Once I began to use them I made it my mission to create the perfect bead, using fingernail polish, spray paint, and Softex to come up with an exact replica of all the stages of a salmon egg. The past two seasons I’ve been relying more and more on just one style of bead, a mottled one. In my experience it has been the best producer and without thinking I always end up using the same one.
I no longer try to doctor up the perfect bead. If I run a little low I just mottle up some more beads and put them in my box. In a way I’ve taken this as far as I can. Mission complete so to speak.
I know part of the reason I fly fish is because there is great satisfaction in succeeding at something that is difficult [a challenge]. Catching fish consistently during the egg drop without using a bead sounds like a difficult thing to do.
So sign me up.
Next season we will just see how difficult it is. This site may suffer due to a lack of fish but I don’t think so. There is more than one way to catch a rainbow in Alaska. Isn’t it a law of nature – big fish eat little fish?
Anyone interested in some beads?