11-15-2010, 04:40 PM
Re: strike indecators
Hunter, for me, the choice is always the correct tool for the job.
After many field tests, I think they may all have a place.
1. Fish the smallest Indy possible, some fish are bobber sensitive..
2. Fish one suited (large enough) for the "payload" fished, more weight, needs more support..
Essentially, the larger the mass of the bobber, the less sensative it is. It requires a larger take to register. They can mouth a fly, and not tip you off at all.
Now for my take on the shootout.
A. Yarn seems to be the most sensitive, but takes combing and greasing, and is not very aerodynamic for casting. It does land silently on the water, and you can make them any color or size you want (they can support 3-4 AB shot). I like white with a red core that only I can see.
B. Corkies work well enough, but require threading onto the line, before you tie on a fly.
They can also spook trout with a small, "ker-ploop" when they land. They cast OK, in the wind, but add some extra weight to the leader system. Bright orange/red/green isn't too sneaky.
C. Putty is suitable for small water only, doesn't adjust well, and it often casts off.
D. Thingamabobbers are my choice because they adjust easily by a client (on/off, up/down), land softly, cast pretty well, and come in a very sneaky array of colors and sizes (including black!). Some folks complain about a kink in the leader, I just straighten it. Sliding problems on small diameter leaders can be cured by adding a small black O-ring over the "ear" before looping bobber onto the leader.
E. I sometimes use the Styrofoam bait bobbers that have a push button J-spring keeper. Smallest ones work well, they adjust easily, and support a bunch..
F. Peel&stick are least functional (although some swear by them) because they don't adjust, and leave a residue on the leader (unsightly on the shore as well).
But on small water, without a lot of changes needed, they will cast far and land without a sound.
G. On small water that is clear, I like to thread a small piece of bright fly line (with the core removed) onto the leader partway up (above a knot). Related to this is a bright red Indy tip tied as the terminal knot on the fly line.
Lots of ways to skin a cat!!!
Just choose the one that works best for your water, and go fish.
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.
Last edited by Bigfly; 11-15-2010 at 05:03 PM.