Have you ever went out fishing only to discover you forgot something? With all the thingamabobber talk going on I removed my box with my indicators in them because of messing with the thingamabobbers. Today I get to the river and begin running the line thru the eyes and put on a nymph. I go to get an indicator and it hit's me, I left my indicators at home . Luckily I had one in my vest pocket and I made it thru the day. So whats the worse thing you have forgotten? A buddy of mine forgot his waders once.
I have forgotten my licenses also. Walmart is suppose to be able to print you off a new one if you need one, I get some nutter who couldn't do it. I bought another license so we could go, we still had another 1 -1 1/2 hour drive.
This should be an omen for you. You should learn to be proficient with nymphs on a 9 - 12' leader attached to a floating line without the float; when you are you will not experience an oh my God moment if you forget the corks. Think of it as riding a bicycle as opposed to driving your car; you will still get there but you will see a lot more while on your way.
I realize that using an indicator is much more easy than the old school way to fish nymphs but then do we fly fish for trout because it is the easiest way to fish?
I never used indicators until a couple of years ago. I just didn't want to be
bothered. When I finally broke down and bought some Cortland stick-on
foam indicators, my hookups shot through the roof. There was something
aesthetically unpleasant about the indicators, and I was most uncomfortable
using them around the bait crowd: it made me feel/look like them, and that's
not what I was after. On the ff'ing only streams, indicators are de riguer
most every day. My Cortland indicator supply dried up over a month ago, and
I'm using the little bits of foam left from the punch-out sheet. As the pieces
have become smaller, my eyes have picked up the mouth opening to take
nymphs, and my awareness has been sharpened. I don't have any immediate
plans to replace my indicators, although I haven't ruled out a hopper dropper
rig. Actually, I already use droppers off a dry, so.... The toughest situation
for me, is fishing nymphs in stillwater. Even with a teeny bit of foam on the
leader, the movement is barely perceptible.
You know that if nothing else I am a traditionalist, I do not mean to cast aspersions on others for their choices but also hope not to be thought course because of my stubborn adherence to the old school. I can't help it, it must be genetic.
When my son was home on leave in August, I gave him a 6wt rod, and what
I thought was a 6wt line. He hadn't done any roll casting before, and after
demonstrating it for him, I thought this rod is a dandy roll caster! It wasn't
until we got home that I realized it was a 5wt line. Grabbing the wrong gear
might be a good thing sometimes!
I admire your traditionalist approach immensely, but you already know
that. There are days when I want to sell all of my graphite, and fish split
cane, but you know that as well.