Thank you! that info could have saved me a potential ticket. I have never used that method in wy, but in Colorado I believe it is not considered snagging ( if I am mistaken someone please correct me, some regulations are crystal clear, others unfortunately are written in a manner that requires interpretation)
personally it is my preferred way to use egg patterns. often when using small eggs with the hook imbedded in the pattern, i have gotten a lot of gut hooks (sad day), because the fish just seem to inhale them. i have yet to gut hook a fish using the bead method, and i have had very few foul hooks. most of the time the fish takes the bead in its mouth, and this places the hook right on the lip of the fish, resulting in a near perfect hook sets every time.
it is also super inexpensive, a pack of eagle claw hooks is 2 bucks, and ill buy a few at a time,( i donít always smash my barbs, but when using those cheap bait holders on the flyline with beads, smashing the barbs is essential, even the ones on the back side of the hook ), and depending on the beads you choose, they normally donít cost more than a few cents each. this sets up 40 "flys" for less than 15 bucks.
i guess ill just have to tie a little black or red thread on the bare hooks and call them flys. putting a chronomid, or midge pattern below the bead makes it a much more costly pattern to use. In the past when I have ran out of the bare hooks, I have used a small fly below the bead, and unfortunately it doesnít seem to work as well
just my two cents, hopefully others chime in