Originally Posted by Kerry Pitt
Personally as my eyes begin to betray me I need an indicator at times, watching for the line to leader knot twitch is akin to noticing a tsetse fly going by in a hurricane.
LOL!!! I do go without an indicator sometimes, just to show myself I can do
it. I also use an indicator to keep a nymph off the bottom of shallow streams.
I know that can be done with a lightly weighted/no weight nymph, but I don't want to carry nymphs in various color coded weights. I try to get the longest
drift on each cast (when not sight fishing), so the chances of a snag on
the bottom are pretty good without an indicator.
I often see fish take a nymph before they have a chance to jolt an indicator,
and that's great. I guess that would be the equivalent of fishing a dry in
terms of pure sport. Beyond that, I would have to say that watching the
tip of a fly line, and watching a tiny indicator are pretty much the same thing.
An indicator allows you to use a long leader with a drag free drift. A long
leader without an indicator means that you'll have to keep your line tighter
to detect a strike. My indicators are the little Cortland stick-on types, and
I think the larger ballon types are unsightly. If I were fishing in conditions
were the ballon indicators were the best option, that's likely what I'd use.
For my purposes, a large bouyant indicator is not likely to help me: it's not
likely to react to light takes, and I can see the big takes without any aid.