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Old 09-26-2012, 01:19 AM
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Default Favorite Strike Indicator

I have been using the small thingamabobbers and they seem to create major weak spots. I end up putting them on my furled leader a few inches above the tippet ring to assure I don't get a weak spot in my line, but it ends up creating a mess if it does get tangled. I feel that there has to be something better out there. I was looking at some of the foam indicators that have surgical tubing running through the middle and thought that might be the answer.

What is your personal favorite strike indicator/bobber?
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:26 AM
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Quick release indicators from Waters West.

Because they release when you get a fish on you can do some deep water vertical fishing if you so desire.
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Default Re: Favorite Strike Indicator

If you do use the ones with the surgical tubing thru the middle, put it on and then wrap your line thru it again. Holds better. I've tried several types and keep buying those football looking indicators.
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Quick release indicators from Waters West.

Because they release when you get a fish on you can do some deep water vertical fishing if you so desire.
Those work very well for deep nymphing stillwaters and if you use a tapered mono leader? Joni and I have been using them for years, but they're not the best for furled leaders. For me (and I hate nymphing moving waters) the Thingamabobber works the best for me.
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My favorite is the AirFlo strike putty. I truly use it as an indicator so it doesn't suspend the fly; just something to keep my eye on. I use a piece about the size of a #14 nymph or smaller. An added benefit is it doesn't disturb the water much when it lands.

When I want to suspend the fly it is either a thingamabobber or the stick ons.

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My favorite is the AirFlo strike putty. I truly use it as an indicator so it doesn't suspend the fly; just something to keep my eye on. I use a piece about the size of a #14 nymph or smaller. An added benefit is it doesn't disturb the water much when it lands.

When I want to suspend the fly it is either a thingamabobber or the stick ons.

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x2 here for smaller waters. If I'm fishing big rivers with multi nymph rigs, then I use a medium sized thingamabobber. If I'm micro nymphing a suspended nymph, I use the stick on foam - or a stimulator/dry.

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If you fish over spooky fish on spring creeks or very slow moving water try using a parasol-emerger followed by your favorite dropper: Tying Schollmeyer's Parasol Emerger
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I really like the Thingamybobber but they are a pain to use with furled leaders which I use most of the time. What I hve done is used a very small swivel to attach the bobber to the line and also used a piece on mono tied to the leader then to the bobber. Both work well.
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The tip of my line dont use em
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I use poly yarn and a rubberband. Easy to customize the size, quick to adjust, and floats all day. Did a short video for teaching purposes. Go to my blog at www.flyfishersplaybook.wordpress.com to view it. Yarnies are great.

I would post it on here but for the life of me I can't get a video to load....

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