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Coiled Strike Indicator

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Does anyone make these ?
I saw one at the Somerset show and tried to make one and it didn't come out as I expected. I'm using 10 lb. Golden Stren, coiling it around a 1/2 inch lag bolt ( about 10 coils ), tying it off with zip ties, boiling it for 5 minutes and freezing overnight.
It isn't coming out very tightly coiled, looks like limp spagetti !!

I must be doing something wrong, any advice ??

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Posted on: 2010/2/2 9:13


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Try heavier line. I believe 14lb test or a little heavier is recommended. Or you can furl the 10lb line you have by cutting a 3' section of line, double it up, and starting at the loop end twist both segments of the line in the same direction, working you way down to the end. Tie an overhand knot on the end to prevent it from unfurling. You will end up with a single line furled (twisted) together. Tie a perfection loop on both ends to finish at a 12-14" length. Boil and freeze like you did before. HTH

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Thanks, I appreciate the input.

Posted on: 2010/2/2 11:36


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I used these last year to fish Sulpher nymphs on slow water. Deadly! When I make the coils, I wrap the mono around a pencil.

PS....I also use red mono at times.

Posted on: 2010/2/3 7:02


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You're coiling it around something that is too big in diameter. Use a pencil, #4 if you wish. Pencil rather than pen bodies won't melt or distort in the boiling water. Other than that you're not doing anything else wrong. My son uses 8 lb test. It works fine. If it still doesn't work get a different Mono.

I recommend using Stren Gold the original stuff if you can find it. Some extremely nice person from this site gave my son enough to be set for life.

Posted on: 2010/2/3 18:36


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I have some heavier mono rolled up in the freezer right now. Just experimenting with 12 and 20 lb. You might be right, I should use something slimmer like a pencil with the 10lb stren. Using a 1/2 inch dowell is probably the problem.

Posted on: 2010/2/3 22:09


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JC333 - another thing that helps is to put the coil/dowel into ice water immediately after boiling for a few minutes. It cools it much faster, and helps the molecules in the mono align to their new configuration. You still have to put it in the freezer overnight when you take it out of the ice water...

Posted on: 2010/2/4 0:34


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Good Suggestion.
Tonight it's the pencil and ice water then the freezer.
Sounds like one hell of a night for me !!!!
Cabin fever is getting the best of me.

Posted on: 2010/2/4 8:20


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Side note,

If you are ever freezing food, placing it in an ice bath first helps from destroying many of the meat fibers that would have otherwise been lacerated by the formation of large ice crystals.

(So chill yoor fish fillets first)

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That is a great suggestion. Glad you added it since I'm the venison butcher of the family. Ice crystals lead to freezer burn! Thanks again!

Posted on: 2010/2/5 16:46


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I want to add that it should be in ziploc bags if you put it in an ice bath.

Don't like the ice bath idea... wrap and place on ice in the fridge.

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ok. Tried the 10 lb. stren around a "pencil size" dowel.Boiled for about 7 minutes, then in an ice bath, finally to the freezer overnight. So far it's my best result. Since I got a good coil with the 20 lb., I'm going with 15 lb stren since the 20 lb seemd to heavy.
Thanks for the help guys !!

Posted on: 2010/2/7 16:44


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So how do these things behave when setting the hook? Any problems due to the sudden stretch? Any other quirks that come out during use?

Kev

Posted on: 2010/2/8 19:42


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Don't know yet. It's funny I was thinking the same thing. When you follow the fly and go to strike, don't you effectively have approx. 18 inches of slack between you and the fly in the actual coil ??
Many guys swear by this type of strike indicator, so I have to give it a try and see for myself.

Posted on: 2010/2/8 20:24



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