We are perpetually challenging ourselves here at AAO to contribute something new to fly fishing and help develop swim lanes that encourage others to consider local watersheds and the wild fish that inhabit them above and beyond the pursuit of just catching them.
One of the things we're VERY passionate about is reducing use of plastics because it takes upwards of 400 years for most hard plastics to naturally decompose. While working closely with SOLVE on river clean up ideas during the winter of 2017 and discussing the ramifications of so many guides/anglers in the NW who target steelhead and salmon by using hard plastic beads as lures (or incorporates plastic into fly patterns on some level), coupled with the daunting reality that much of that gear ends up getting hung up and finding its way into our rivers and ocean, the idea immediately hit us that there has to be another way.
There is and if you are going to fish with beads, wood is that better alternative.
This year (2018), AAO has set up a natural wood bead production facility in our shop to create, test, and tweak hand-made in Oregon wood fishing beads we have aptly named "Eco-Beads". We'll be reaching out to a few friends in the industry and fly shops to help promote. Please contact us if you would like to be a part of this process and try them out!
This batch of 10mm steelhead candy was hand painted with UV-glow paint and the organic nature of wood allows the beads to have a thick realistic texture while maintaining density to drift in the correct water column.
You can follow us on this exciting new adventure on InstaGram @ north_coast_eco_beads:
And above all else friends, Stay #WildAboutOregon! See ya on the water -