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Homemade Strike Indicator

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With a house full of kids that are into Under Armor, Xbox, Hollister, and Nike; I'm always looking to save a buck.

I know you get what your pay for on the big stuff, but I think I can cut some costs in some areas.

Here's a homemade strike indicator I made from closed cell foam earplugs from work and one of my daughters bobby pins.

I tried it today in the creek behind my shop during lunch. Worked nice.










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Posted on: 2013/1/17 22:09


Re: Homemade Strike Indicator

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I admire your creativity.

Posted on: 2013/1/17 22:34
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Re: Homemade Strike Indicator

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Likin' the bobby pin concept...does it stay where you put it on the leader?

Ive made a few O-ring and craft foam indicators from my daughter's glitter foam...

Posted on: 2013/1/18 6:01
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Re: Homemade Strike Indicator

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I cut the open end on the pin to the length of the plug. Then inserted it through and I bent the two ends outward at a 45 degree angle (about 1/8" deep). This put the plug in slight compression which causes the plug to be in slight compression. Nice and snug.

Posted on: 2013/1/18 11:56


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Very nice!!

Posted on: 2013/1/18 12:23
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Re: Homemade Strike Indicator

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eat your hear out thingamabobber. I wish my work had those ear plugs ;)

Posted on: 2013/1/18 14:26
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Re: Homemade Strike Indicator

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I just reread my "double compression" comment. Thats what i get for trying to post and carry a conversation at the same time

Posted on: 2013/1/18 15:15


Re: Homemade Strike Indicator

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Very nice. I bought out a bunch of Idylwilde sindicators from some fly shop on clearance before they went under. I like them better than Thingamabobbers for casting and they also have monster ones for steelheading.

http://idylwilde.com/wordpress/2010/0 ... to-make-you-more-awesome/

Posted on: 2013/1/18 16:38
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Haha. Guaranteed to make you more awesome? These things were make with me in mind. I could use a little more it that.

Posted on: 2013/1/18 20:50


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Cool idea....let me make sure I understand how this is secured to your leader: Compress the earplug; pass leader through the bend of the b-pin and release....as the earplug re-expands it "clamps" the leader between itself and the b-pin....is that correct?

Posted on: 2013/1/19 5:26


Re: Homemade Strike Indicator

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I make a loop, stick it through the eye of the pin, and pull the tag end through the loop.

I had thought about using it as you described. I just hadn't tried it yet.

I'm thinking about eliminating the pin and having an o-ring on each end connected with several passes of thread through the axis of the ear plug.

Just because I know the bobby pin will eventually rust, unless I can find some that are made from a corrosion resistant alloy.

Posted on: 2013/1/19 11:46

Edited by L_soult on 2013/1/19 12:15:10


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Very clever. I have a load from work. You could be the Steve Jobs of strike indicators.

Posted on: 2013/1/21 14:17


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nice bobber idea!

Posted on: 2013/1/21 14:21


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Quote:

dubthethorax wrote:
Very nice. I bought out a bunch of Idylwilde sindicators from some fly shop on clearance before they went under. I like them better than Thingamabobbers for casting and they also have monster ones for steelheading.

http://idylwilde.com/wordpress/2010/0 ... to-make-you-more-awesome/


They look just like Thingamabobbers from the picture. What about them makes them better for casting?

Posted on: 2013/1/21 14:46


Re: Homemade Strike Indicator

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I guess casting might not be the right word, and I should have used presentation. I feel like the plastic is a tiny bit thinner and they dont "PLOP" as much.

Posted on: 2013/1/21 15:23



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