I will throw in a vote for two tungsten beads
. One for the head, one larger for the thorax.
(thorax, what a great word!)
Use a small thread to avoid unsightly build. I got some Tiemco 17/0 at the Retailer show, thanks to Brian Schmidt at the Umpqua booth. COO and tool in residence Jeff Fryhover would not part with the samples. Brian is a great guy, as are most of those Umpqua cats... Fryhover is not what I would call cool, maybe it is the generation gap? I understand the bean-counter mentality is what has made so many Umpqua signature tiers jump ship in the last couple of years. Fly fisherman being notoriously anti-corporate and whatnot.
But I digress. That TMC thread is pretty great. Low build, awesome
colors. I don't think it is waxed, it has low twist, and is rather flossy. Go buy some from Charlie for five bucks a spool. Quit yer whinin', it's Japanese