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strike indicators

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I know this has been discussed many times but I'm still not sold on a specific one. I mainly use the indicator that can be made of yarn which you loop through your line, mainly because it stays put. It however puts a kink in the leader which is impossible to get out later on. I have recently tried the foam slip on indicators with the rubber insert to slide your leader through, but have lost a few during casts, they just fly off due to sliding on the leader. I have seen the frog hair 1 time use indicators similar to the other foam ones, but am too cheap to use those at about a buck a piece just one time. I've tried putty, pinch on small foam indicators, etc, and can't find one that I really like. Care to share your favorite indicator and why?

Posted on: 2008/10/16 12:48


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I like, in order:
1. colored mono/backing built into the leader.
2. the small foam balls with the toothpick
3. 1 time use foam pinch ones. However, I buy sheets of sticky foam and cut my own.
4. yarn
5. a dry fly

Posted on: 2008/10/16 13:02
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I like the "turn on" indicators.

They float well and usually stay put.

I don't like the yarn indies because they are a pain to cast.

I usually just use the pinch ons though. I pick up a few packs every time I go to the fly shop. They are cheap, easy, and take up little to no vest space.

Posted on: 2008/10/16 14:03


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To follow MKern's post,

Small streams or shallow runs:

1) Dryfly
2) Pinch-on foam
3) Colored mono/backing built into the leader

I will also use a combination of 2 & 3 at times.

Bigger Streams and deeper runs:

1) Pinch-on foam
2) Colored mono/backing built into the leader
3) Yarn
4) Dryfly

Again I will use a combination of 1 & 2

I have been expermenting with a no "bobber" method, but find myself putting on the old indicator.


JH

Posted on: 2008/10/16 19:40
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Re: strike indicators

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I use strike putty because its more environmentally friendly and I can easily/quickly adjust the size depending on the weight added or skittishness of the fish.

Posted on: 2008/10/16 20:11


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The putty is nice, but in warm weather, it becomes almost unusable in my opinion. I always used the loon biostrike. Anyone have any ideas of anything better that might not have this problem?

Posted on: 2008/10/17 14:53


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I have to agree that Loon Biostrike is the best for most of my fishing. It can be used in any size and does not always give a "bobber" effect when used in small doses. I will go to yarn when using larger nymphs and when casting longer distances.

Posted on: 2008/10/17 22:05


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I use nothing but the ones with the toothpicks and perfer the ones with the slits in them just in case I accidently tie on my nymphs before putting them on. If I can't adjust them up and down the line then I think they are junk. I am constaintly adjusting the depth. I have them in like 3 or 4 different sizes in the hot pink and a few small ones in white which blends in nice with the foam but I can still pick it out. The white ones tend to be hard to find in stores. I use them probably 95% of the time when I'm nymphing and size of stream/river doesn't matter to me it all has to do with how high or low and how clear or muddy the water is.

Posted on: 2008/10/18 2:02


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What MKern and bigjohn said.

Posted on: 2008/10/18 6:04


Re: strike indicators

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Thing a ma bobber

Its the hot product now

Posted on: 2008/10/22 18:10


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I have started to fish without an indicator- well, the times I did'nt fish with them it was mostly pocket water and high sticking. Worked good.

I am gonna try the tube kind that slide onto your line. See how it goes.

Posted on: 2008/10/22 19:42
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Quote:

CaptMatt wrote:
Thing a ma bobber

Its the hot product now


Those are only good for bait fishing. For fly fishing, you need to get the thing-a-ma-indicator!

Posted on: 2008/10/22 19:56
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Re: strike indicators

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Quote:

JackM wrote:
Quote:

CaptMatt wrote:
Thing a ma bobber

Its the hot product now


Those are only good for bait fishing. For fly fishing, you need to get the thing-a-ma-indicator!


I am in agreement. Just for the record, I never said I used them I said it was the "Hot Product" now : ) ha ha

Posted on: 2008/10/23 10:31


Re: strike indicators

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I've been using the pinch on foam Palsas. I cut them into the two halves, stick them together, and push a hole through them. Then thread the leader through and hold it in place with a tip of a toothpick. Makes them adjustable, and since they're light, they don't hit with a splat.

Posted on: 2008/10/23 13:15


Re: strike indicators

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small water balloons for me these days. Cheap, float like a balloon.

Posted on: 2008/10/23 13:45
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