02-08-2013, 08:09 PM
Re: Using Yarn as an Indicator?
A yarn indicator is the most sensitive of indicators but is affected the most by wind and gusts. It is also the most wind resistant and is the most difficult for long casts. Thingamabobbers are easier to cast, but less sensitive to subtle and soft takes.
The reason that yarn is more sensitive than thingamabobbers is that yarn is a vertical indicator and a subtle take will be seen a slight change in the tilt of the top of indicator either forward or backward. The indicator will change it's tilt and then the fish will spit the fly out before the indicator stops or go down.
The indicator never slows down enough for that to be noticed. A very, very slight hesitation in the drift is enough for the indicator to tilt. What the thingamabobber will do is slightly roll but since it is round we NEVER see that.
The sensitivity is not the difference in bouyancy, because if an indicator has to go down for it to indicate subtle strikes, it is too late. The key difference is the shape. That is why in European rough fishing competitions, they do NOT use round bobbers like the common red/white ones we used as kids. They use long pencil bobbers because they telegraph very subtle takes even when still fishing. It is the same with strike indicators.
Wind gust can negate the sensitivity of yarn, but this occurs very rarely.
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