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Old 03-26-2013, 07:26 PM
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Any tips? I've never enjoyed the idea of adding a "bobber" so I'm open to any and all suggestions...
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I use these, I know you said indicators but you get down to bobbers in your post so not sure if you have tried them.

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How about using a bright colored section of leader material ?
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I'm more interested in technique versus alternatives to "bobbers" or strike indicators or yarn, etc...
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You should consider purchasing this book. There is a plethora of different techniques in there.

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Any tips? I've never enjoyed the idea of adding a "bobber" so I'm open to any and all suggestions...
Force yourself to do it. Leave the strike indicators home, fish weighted nymphs casting upstream on a short line, lift the leader off the water as it drifts towards you... watch the water droplets trickle down the leader... if the line stops/twitches/or you just "get a feeling", set the hook!

You'll develop a sense for the take and you will catch more and bigger fish, even from pressured waters fishing behind other anglers.

For me, this works best on small-to-medium sized streams. On large rivers you may still need an indicator... use the smallest one you can as to not upset the drift of the nymph. And it doesn't always have to float, as long as you can see it.

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Default Re: Nymph fishing without indicators

I've never used indicators. I've even never thought of using indicators when nymph fishing. Almost all of my fishing is in calm water and the strike is easy to detect. When fishing with sinking line, I just point the rod towards the point of entry of the line into the water. Not directly but almost because the take is always quite hard and fast. The fish hooks himself.
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Default Re: Nymph fishing without indicators

Same never used a bobber before. Mainly cause I am lazy and dont want to put one on. My leader from Joni though has a brighter color on it which helps so I can see it.
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I use a dry-dropper rig. I have had too many strikes on indicators. If I am "dapping" the nymph in small streams, I just watch the leader, while keeping the fly line out of the water.
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I only used indicators during one summer, and only because I was curious. They're annoying to me, and I just watch my line/leader for any pauses to indicate a strike. Some strikes on a nymph are quite vicious, so no bobbers are needed there. Others can be much more subtle, but I still catch fish without looking tacky. Streams are easier than lake IMO, as there's no current to drift a line there. You should still be able to see the take by watching the line, or work your nymph for better coverage and strike detection.
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