Flymen Nymph Head Evolution Beadheads- Mayfly Crawler/Clinger- Fly tying beads have evolved! Nymph-Head® Evolution is a family of tungsten fly-tying beads molded in the natural shape, size and colors of the heads of the three most common aquatic insects that trout feed upon and which fly fishermen attempt to imitate, namely mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. 15 beads per pack.
Moving beyond the traditional round bead the Nymph-Head® Evolution beadhead allows fly tiers to tie nymphs that not only sink quickly, but have a more anatomically correct profile and head-size relative to the insects body. The four Nymph-Head® Evolution tungsten beadhead family members consist of: The Evolution Mayfly Swimmer & Burrower The Evolution Mayfly Clinger & Crawler The Evolution Stonefly The Evolution Caddis Three Reasons Why Nymph-Head® Evolution beadheads are better: Tungsten100% tungsten produces a fast-sinking beadhead that gets your fly into the feeding zone quicker!
More Realistic Fly ProfileEvolution beadheads have been molded in the general shape and size of the heads of the three most common aquatic insects that trout feed upon: namely mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. This enables fly tiers to create more realistic, accurately proportionate and effective nymph imitations!
Natural ColorsEvolution beadheads are available in natural fly colors (brown, black, olive and stonefly gold) allowing fly tiers to accurately match and blend the beadhead color to the body color of the fly. They have a permanent, high-quality anodized finish.
An entomology-based approach to creating better beadhead nymphs:
Mayflies (swimmers and burrowers, clingers and crawlers), stoneflies and caddisflies are the primary aquatic insects that fly fishermen try to imitate. In the nymph stage, the head region of each insect order is prominent and profile differs distinctively from the others. Due to the one size fits all limitation of the traditional round fly-tying bead, up to this point, fly tiers have not been able to adequately mimic and differentiate the head profiles of these varied insects. Now a stonefly pattern can be tied with a stonefly beadhead, a mayfly with a mayfly beadhead and a caddisfly with a caddisfly beadhead!
Given the vast diversity of aquatic insect life on the planet, Flymen Fishing Company is not claiming that every Evolution Beadhead reflects the exact size, shape, and color of all natural insects. However, we believe the Evolution Beadhead does signify a considerable improvement over previous beads to date through its imitation of more accurate and proportionate natural insect head profiles that fly fishermen are trying to imitate.
Evolution Beadhead Q&A:
Q: Will the Evolution bead help me tie better flies and catch more fish?
A: Yes, it should in most fishing situations.
In very fast, turbulent water such as rapids where trout are forced to make quick, instant eating decisions then the specific beadhead profile is less important. However, on rivers, streams, lakes and spring creeks where trout have more time to inspect and scrutinize your nymph, then any opportunity to improve your fly profile should be taken and the insect head and thorax area is a significant one. Think about the attention to detail and specific materials used by fly designers to produce perfect imitation wing-cases, thorax & abdomen colors, tails, body segmentation and other bug parts! Fly tying beads are no different and the Evolution beadhead range now enables the same level of detail not possible before. This contributes towards producing a better fly.
A: Another way to answer this question is to say you will not catch less fish! If you believe that weight is the only benefit of a tungsten bead, then the Evolution tungsten bead still provides that weight and you should expect to do the same as you usually do when you go fishing. However, we believe the combination of weight + profile + color gives added benefit and ultimately should allow you to produce a more effective nymph.
Q: Why are the holes at the back and front of the Evolution beads bigger than I am used to ?
A: We created more space for a number of reasons:
We want the bead to fit a much wider range of hook styles and sizes. The bigger holes let you easily slip the bead around the bend of any hook. We want to eliminate the ugly thread collar so typical of many beadhead nymph patterns. Creating more space inside the back of the bead allows you to bury any excess materials and your tying thread out of sight. Much neater flies! We created more space to easily allow lead or lead-free wire to be used in conjunction with the beadhead to create better body profiles. This is particular relevant withe the Stonefly and Mayfly Clinger & Crawler beadheads which have a flat, broad profile and tying in this way allows you to tie the right body profile and a heavier fly.
Q: How does the size and weight of an Evolution tungsten bead compare to that of a round bead?
A: As a general rule, they are about the same size and weight as a round tungsten bead you would use on a particular hook size. However, this will vary between the 4 different styles in the Evolution family. For example, the Stonefly bead (a big bug) is typically bigger/heaver and a Caddis (a small head on large body) is typically smaller/lighter.
Q: Are you saying the Evolution beadhead gives the exact replica of every species of mayfly, caddis and stonefly?
No way! Entomologists please dont get too excited! Given the vast diversity of aquatic insect life on the planet, Flymen Fishing Company is not claiming that every Evolution Beadhead reflects the exact size, shape, and color of all familys within the mayfly, caddis and stonefly orders of insects! However, each insect order does for the most part tend to have their own distinctive head shape and we have managed to create a good generalized profile of the most common nymphs fly fishermen are trying to imitate. We believe the Evolution Beadhead does signify a considerable improvement over previous beads to date through its imitation of more accurate and proportionate natural insect head profiles.