How to tie a Beadhead Carp Fly

This Bead Head Carp Fly is one of my favorite Colorado River patterns because it works well for carp that are deep or on the move. This Carp Fly may imitate a nymph or a minnow that a fish might encounter while he is feeding along.

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Watch how to tie this fly:

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Materials List:

Carp are big fish and catching them takes a strong hook, I prefer a Tiemco 3761 size 10 or 12.

For this carp fly pattern I use a medium or small gold bead to match the hook size.

 I use strong thread that I can tie my carp flies securely with.  For this particular fly i chose to use a dark thread.

This carp fly also has a copper wire rib to make it durable even when the gummiest of rubber lips suck it down.

 The tail of this Bead Head Carp Fly is made with the fluff on the side of a chicken feather. I have experimented with a handful of colors and all seem to work.

 The body of this fly is made with a couple of strands of peacock hurl.

Finally, this bead head carp fly is finished with a stout brown saddle hackle. I like to use a stiff hackle that will act as somewhat of a weed guard for the fly.
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Step By Step: How to tie a Bead Head Carp Fly

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"How to tie a Bead Head Carp Fly"
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