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Old 02-10-2005, 05:38 PM
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Hello BigCliff:

Welcome to the forum. I have a question about strike indicators while nymphing. Do you use them or are you one of those purists who "don’t need no stinkin’ strike indicator"?

I need one but have not yet found the ideal indicator. I've tried most of them. What do you like?

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I'm a fan of strike indicators particularily when high stick nymphing. I've used many different types - from putty to yarn to itsy-bitsy floats - but my current favorite is Scientific Anglers L2L system (Line to Leader connection) fished from 3, 4, and 5-weight rigs. Not only does the ingenious setup improve your casts, the connector makes the best strike indicator I've thus far fished.

For a more complete discussion, please see my reviews at either http://www.activeangler.com/flyfishing or http://www.landbigfish.com/news/arti...archString=l2l

For about the same cost of a knotless leader the L2L is certainly worth a try.

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Is this SA L2L System adjustable for various depths?

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Nope ... I suppose that could be a limiting factor but this far it has not been a negative ... When I nymph, I ordinarily use a shorter leader. Then, too, I have not tried adding something like putty further down the midsection. Hiowever, I don't see why that wouldn/'t work.

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hmm, I'll start by saying i don't have a clear favorite just yet, but i can definitely give some input.

When I got started, i used mostly the Palsa stick-ons and still do some. I don't use them nearly as much now because you cant move them around. I do a trick with them that many don't. You can split them in half longways with an exacto knife while on the paper and then get a great midging indicator.

I am now more anxious to use the SA L2L system after Doug's recommendation, but realize it also doesn't allow the indicator to be moved around. This would seem to me to make it best suited to upstream nymphing in shallow spots.

For high-stick/czech nymphing, i prefer something bigger. My current favorite for that type are the football shaped styrofoam ones with the rubber tubing in the middle. Here's a trick to getting them on you leader: hook the leader with your pinky's on opposite sides of the indicator, pull the tubing out while holding it in between your thumb and index finger, and then reach around with one of your middle fingers and roll the foam one half turn. To adjust the position of the indicator, i often skip the rolling and grab the leader with my mouth.

I have made up some of the Foam ones like umpqua sells that look like a shuttlecock made of foam strands, but haven't used them yet. I think i will like the easy adjustability and visibility, but expect they won't cast well at all.

Most of my nymph fishing is with a good bit of weight in deeper water, so I end up using the bigger styro-footballs the most.
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Try SNAPZ Strike Indicators...I just tried them and they work real well. Reposition easy...
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I've gotten hooked on Thingamabobbers...they are like little balloons...don't have to worry about the indicator getting wet, you can adjust the depth...I've tried most everything out there and these are my favorite
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Second vote for thingamabobbers. Very easily adjustable, different colors to go with my matching whatever I have on at the time. And damn near indestructable.
For stillwaters, from the Flydesk.com Dennis has some slip indicators if you like to chironomid fish.
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This is an ongoing debate between my wife "No Indicator" and myself. I believe I can see a strike furthor away then she. However, as the light gets dim she will out catch me nymping without an indicator because she feels it better and has the 6th mystic feel that I don't. I saw her tightline fishing on a rock for 3 hours catching 15 to 20 fish an hour out of a big hole. No indicator what so ever. I on the other hand can pic up a pause with a yarn slipknot indicator quicker than she can feel the take. The debate goes on. I can tell you if it wasn't for an SI she would outcatch me in most side by side fishing day's. If you use a dry for the indicator you actually get about 10 % more takes that wouldn't work because of the yarn.
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I use both football indicators and the toothpick ones also. I have these newer ones that actually show you if you float is naturally drifting. I have heard to use white as the color as the fish don't get spooked by it instead of flouro colors even tho all I got is chartruese and red ones. maybe I can spray paint um? lmao.
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