01-20-2012, 06:53 PM
Re: IF you use an indicator--what kind and where?
I fish a lot of stillwater and also fish a good sized freestone river. Some people feel an indy is ideal when fishing stillwater from a float tube but I rarely if ever use an indy when I am fishing still waters, even when fishing chironomids, I can however see where it can be more effective when fishing from an anchored boat, or anchored float tube since under these conditions you are not constantly moving or drifting and the line is not always taut or close to taut. I am much more effective feeling the take then I am looking for it when float tubing.
If/when I use an indy, it is typically on the river and in the winter time, when I am trying to drift a nymph in the slower water or on the slow side of a seam, or if I am trying to keep a fly on a seam when I am crossing a couple different current changes.
For me, indys are extremely effective when the water is cold you can put them on the slow side of a seam and keep them moving (through mending, etc,) just a little slower then the bubble line. Winter time is best for this method in my opinon because you are not thrown off or hooked up as much by vegetation growing up into the current.
Which ones, well, the smallest thingamabobbers, about 1/2 inch I think they are, they are smaller then a dime and generally I like just the white ones cuz I want them to blend in as much as possible with the bubble line and color.
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