Creating your own steelhead beads is easy; this video explains how to make them at home.
Steelhead beads have grown in popularity as the common choice of anglers targeting fish that are feeding on loose eggs that have freed themselves from gravel redds and begun to travel down the river along with the current. Color choices are usually limited to a single color option, but modifying beads or creating your own provides the opportunity to manufacture contrast or other properties that increase productivity.
Dave explains that creating your own steelhead beads is as easy as collecting some supplies from your local craft store. This particular style of beads tends to sink more than others, so they're better suited smaller rivers where you might want to get your presentation down to the proper depths quickly.
The video suggested using sculpey clay and taking small sections of several contrasting colors and rolling them into little clay logs.
Once you have several of these logs, place them next to each other and twist them into one log of clay. Then using a knife or razor blade, cut small sections and roll them between your hands to make them into little round balls, roughly 12-14mm in diameter. Thread them onto needles and place them on a rack. Suspending them on a rack will prevent them from flattening out when it's time to harden the clay.
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees and cook them for roughly 15-20 minutes, but don't overdo it. Once they're out of the oven, using a 1/16th inch drill bit, carve out the hole from the needle. Then place the beads on toothpicks and spray with an enamel clear coat.
Not too tough of a process, is it?