Michigan Fly Fishing Guides for the Muskegon River Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout. Muskegon River.

Michigan Fly Fishing Guides for the Muskegon River Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout. Muskegon River.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Steelhead Fishing Reports - Bead Fishing 101

One of the newest, most innovative techniques for Michigan Spring Steelhead has definitely been bead fishing, or Trout beads. Bead fishing replicates perfectly, the age old, number one spring steelhead food, Chinook Salmon eggs.   Any color can be matched. and beads are round.

   As yarn egg patterns are cartoons of the 1970's, Trout Beads are now the Blue ray DVD of today. 
Trout beads can match any color selection of salmon or steelhead roe, they are perfectly round, transparent, and beautifully match salmon eggs to perfection.  They are Egg-actly a perfect salmon egg representation for steelhead fishing.
A selection of trout beads for Steelhead fishing. Any color can be matched.
Fresh eggs, milky eggs, dead eggs. Perfect eggs.

Beads are easy to fish. 
 
Because Trout Beads are made of hard plastic, it's best that when rigged for steelhead or trout. the bead should be pegged about 3" above the hook.  I prefer Raven specialist #6 hook,  however and up turned octopus hook should work well.  Sharp is the key, like, tacky sharp!  Pegging can be achieved with a tooth pic, basting brush spoke, or actual Peg-its by Trout Bead.   Pegging holds the bead in its place.
 
 
Notice in this photo, the fish is hooked well, bead is 3' from the mouth. 
 
Matching the Hatch:  Salmon eggs change color...