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This is what you need to get you started: a few round toothpicks, bead hooks, weights, a bead (of course), some very light line and a strike indicator of some kind (I use a "corky" they work great).
String the bead through the line, tie on your hook. Pick your desired length (between hook and bead) and jam the toothpick in the bead hole and break off the excess.
Add a few split shot weights (roughly 14 to 18 inches from the bead).
Add your strike indicator by sliding it on the line and jamming a toothpick in it's hole and breaking off just enough excess to be able to adjust as necessary.
"Pegging" is just jamming a toothpick inside the bead hole and breaking the excess off. Thereby holding the bead above the hook at your desired distance.The purpose for pegging the bead began when fish were drawing the bead in too deep and were being hooked in the back of the throat and inside the gill plates. (Common sense plays a big part here). So the pegging distance should never exceed the neccessary distance required to hook your fish on the inside rim of the mouth.

Line: I use the lightest flourocarbon leader possible in every situation.

Hooks: I use our BeadHooks™ in sizes 2 thru 12 depending on the size of the bead. (The bigger the bead, the bigger the hook)... and ALWAYS pinch down your barbs.

Weight: Just enough to get your bead to drift naturally along the bottom. The smaller, the better.

Strike Indicator: There are several to choose from. The distance should be about one and a half times the depth of the water, or whatever is necessary to get the bead to drift along the bottom.

Any questions or comments:

Hook to bead size recommendations

(Hook sizes)

Using the TroutBeads Knot eliminates the need for pegging devices for those of you who prefer it over using them.

Fish that are feeding on spawn tend to inhale egg imitations. Tying your hook one and a half to two inches below your bead will keep 98% of your hook sets on the inside rim of the mouth and away from the throat, tongue and inner gillplate.

(Pictures illustrated by Cameron Hawthorne Jr)

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