Those of you that use the beads on your Carolina rig with egg sinkers heres a tip. You can use about half an inch of those little red cocktail straws ya get when ya order a drink. A lot cheaper. 2 dozen beeds is a dollar and you can get a pack of 100 straws for the same and they are 6 inches long... you do the math. Thats 1200 knot protectors. Throw a bunch in an old snuff can jab it in your tackle box and away ya go.