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Strike Indicators

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What is the preferred type and method?
Was looking at a assortment of thingambobbers.

Posted on: 2015/3/27 13:04


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I'm ordering this ... supposedly doesn't move or kink up ur indicator like a thingambobber


Posted on: 2015/3/27 14:17
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Re: Strike Indicators

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Oh and i currently switch btwn thingambobber, yarn and stick-ons ..... all have positives and negatives

Posted on: 2015/3/27 14:20
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I prefer the Lightning Strike indicators. Football shaped with a slot with elastic band in them. Slide up and down the leader.

Might try a thingamabobber this year. Also trying to use indicators less.

Posted on: 2015/3/27 15:15
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Only one I can't keep from sliding around is the foam and toothpick indicators. Tried others but keep going back. Easiest to adjust quickly IMO and as long as it's not too snug it's not kinking my leaders.

Posted on: 2015/3/27 18:07


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I use the foam with tooth pick as my go to. However, if I have already tied on my flies I will use a poly yarn. I also have sticky foam ones that I cut out of a sheet of sticky backed foam.

Of course in the middle of summer, a bushy dry fly is probably the best option.

Posted on: 2015/3/27 18:44
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There's not one type that works all the time. I like thingamabobbers in high/fast/deep water, yarn indicators for a more delicate presentation, and stick ons occasionally. I prefer the thingamabobbers with the little stopper. When it's warm and the water is lower I also tend to use a dry fly.

Posted on: 2015/3/27 22:21


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Here is a quick summary of strike indicators that I have see:
1) Thingambobbers
2) Yarn indicators that you tie on
3) Folder yarn though a rubber loop
4) Sticky pads
5) Cylindrical rubber twists
6) Football shaped "fish pimps". Use a small rubber hose to lock the line in the slit of the football shape grove.
7) Latex balloons. Yes, I fished with a guide who purchased bunches at a store. Can make them any size and they are bio-degrable.
8) The twist on as shown in this thread
9) Strike puddy
10) New Zealand wool

I'm sure I forgot one.

They all seem to have there pros and cons.
Numbers 1, 9 and 10 I use most
I have never tried 2 or 7 but I plan to buy some balloons.
Number 6 Fish Pimps I will NEVER buy a gain. Years ago they were good now they are made with material that easily breaks.
Number 10 is the best if you want just a hint of an indicator.

Hope this helps.

Posted on: 2015/3/28 6:38


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MD GENE
Where did you find the twist on (airlocks)? I can't find them anywhere.....

Posted on: 2015/3/28 6:45


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Most of the above listed are suspension type indicators that many guys joke are bobbers. They do have their place.
There are some indicators that do not suspend, such as strike putty(unless used very heavily) and colored mono or colored leader sections.
I guess the answer for the original OP would be, what is your goal? Most guys I know carry a variety to cover whatever conditions are presented.
Get a small variety and learn to use them all. Pick a few favorites.

Posted on: 2015/3/28 6:51


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J caddis fly shop . com has them

Posted on: 2015/3/28 11:53


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And I thought I was the only one using latex balloons. Thanks Gene

Posted on: 2015/3/30 8:54


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I forgot that I always have a built in indicator on my leader too.

Posted on: 2015/3/30 16:49
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I find the New Zealand Wool Strike Indicator to be the best indicator out there except for high/fast water then I use a small thingamabobber

Posted on: 2015/3/31 17:46


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Orvis sells the thingamabombers with a jam stop or peg attached. Those are the ones I use mostly in th 1/2" size

Posted on: 2015/3/31 23:13



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