White beads, often referred to as snow cone or ice cream cone patterns, can really play a big part in the Stillwater chironomid game. Here’s a few things to consider when using white beads.
Water Clarity: The big advantage to white beads is that they stand out and can help fish locate them in murky water. Often fishing tannin, or “tea coloured” water white beads will really shine. Another great application for chironomids with white beads is during an algae bloom, as traditional pupa tied with yarn gills can grab clippings of algae on their way down the water column. On the other hand, I will rarely ever fish a white bead in gin-clear water.