I had some flies made for me by a Nebraska Fish and Game Association member who has been drawn to the dark side of fly fishing. You know who you are and I know who is to blame!! Anyway, I wanted these flies to try and help me concentrate on learning how to jig and jigging patterns according to a fish's attitude/mood. Yea, I could attach a waxy and "wammo!" probably have a fish but I'm different I guess. It's been a blast learning these flies. I get so involved I forget time, location, direction... I have no idea where I am when I look up, just fixated on the vex and the fish patterns. I found that fish can really be picky but you can usually find what they want. They just want things a certain way at a certain time in a certain sequence. It's amazing. I am an absolute amateur at this but I think if you take the time and experiment you will learn some very good skills for those days that the fish are not jumping on your hook. I have managed to catch gills and crappie on the flies. I added a red bead for 2 reasons. #1 Vex/Marcum signature. #2 to create sound during rapid jigging. The flies have a tungsten bead head so they slam the bead during rapid jigging. I have called in fish when none are to be found so I think the sound thing might work. I've tested 2 flies and both were successful without bait of any kind. It's fun and a change of pace for me. I've had incredible luck this ice season so slowing down the action and experimenting is a real treat that may pay off for years to come.