Stone Cold Beads are unique natural stone fishing beads that are friendly for the environment but deadly effective for catching fish. With that in mind here are some best practices to help you not only catch more fish, but also get the most out of your Stone Cold Beads.
Rigging Stone Cold Beads Natural Stone Fishing Beads
When you fish Stone Cold Beads one of the best methods an angler can use is to drift them under a float. This is by far one of the most effective was to fish our beads. Since our beads are made of high density stone, depending on the depth and current of the waters your fishing you may not even have to add additional weight. If you can gauge how deep the hole is your looking to fish, try to float your beads about a foot or two from the bottom. This is generally where the larger fish tend to hang. If you can apply scent to your bead setup do it. When we were initially testing our beads for effectiveness our strike rate literally tripled when we applied scent.
Although our beads are effective on their own, when applied with natural bait, it’s like a feeding frenzy! We found that when we put a small clump of natural salmon roe with our bead the strike rate was 100%. As in every time, we drifted our bead, salmon egg cocktail through the school the fish literally attacked our set up.
Stone Cold Beads are also effective for free drifting off the bottom in medium to fast current. We have caught salmon over and over again using this method. Just be aware that because of the added weight on our beads they will hit bottom and stay if the current is to slow. In this case, you will need to give them a little twitch through the drift for optimal results. Avoid bottom drifting in slow current or frog water conditions.
Another Great thing about Stone Cold beads is that they make fantastic lure accents. For example, some of our clients like to use them on their Sturgeon rigs, while others use them on spinner setups and we even have a strong following of Fly Fisherman who love to tie flies using our beads.
Pegging Stone Cold Beads Fishing Beads
Many Anglers like to peg their beads, We generally do not peg our Stone Cold Beads but if you do there are some best practices to follow. First when fishing Stone Cold Beads do not use the line looping or knot methods. Unlike soft beads for plastic beads, Stone Cold Beads are solid similar to glass beads, they can cut your line if pegged incorrectly. If you wish to peg Stone Cold Beads use a rubber band or any of the other rubber style pegs available today. This will protect your fishing line and significantly prevent line breakage.
Selecting The Correct Fishing Beads Size
Selecting the correct beads size is a vital part of ensuring the effectiveness of your fishing experience. Overall smaller is better, beads ranging from size 6mm – 8mm for targeting trout and salmon, 10mm – 12mm beads are great for targeting larger salmon or setting up sturgeon rigs. Overall you want to try to match your beads size with natural salmon egg sizes, which can range anywhere from 6mm to 10mm depending upon the species. You’ll also need to match your hook size accordingly depending on the size of the beads. If your hook is too small you may have issues with being able to set the hook. If you need the extra weight of a larger bead, use a dual bead setup with smaller beads. This way the bead size will not interfere with the hook.
Selecting fishing beads colors for optimal effectiveness
Many times fishing beads are selected because of their bold coloring. Bright colors can be effective in murky water conditions when visibility is poor. However, in clear water conditions, natural colors tend to produce the best results. Select your bead colors based on the types of fish that are in the water and the water and weather conditions. For example on an overcast day with clear water conditions overly bright colors might not we necessary. Natural colors or dark colors like Blood Roe, Ultra Fresh Orange or Chum Run can be very effective. In milky water and brackish water conditions, Green Grape, Mottled Pink or Orange Crusher can be the ticket as well. It’s always best to bring a good selection of beads to be prepared for the different conditions you may be facing on the water that day and find what works best for the waters your fishing.