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  1. Default Newbie Question: Using a strike indicator

    Im fishing a pool that is 4-6 ft deep and the rainbow are biting under the surface for the most part. I want to try a wet fly and drift it about 3' under. If I use a 9' leader how do I control how deep the fly sinks. The strike indicator I think I'm going to use is a small foam disk punched from a "Pack". Would I attach it to the leader??? 3' from the fly?? Its relatively slow moving water, but still water.
    Tom

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    Default Re: Newbie Question: Using a strike indicator

    For slow water you can put the indicator at the depth you want. For faster water you want to put the indicator further from the fly, because the fly will trail behind it.

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    Default Re: Newbie Question: Using a strike indicator

    In general, "wet fly" fishing is not done with an indicator. It is done mostly downstream and the nerves in your hand or your eyes function as a strike indicator.

    Nymphing is generally done under an indicator. Nymphs are generally weighted and thus will hang down under the indicator. In general, you should place the indicator 1.5x the water depth from the fly. The above mention of needing to position the indicator further from the fly in fast water was correct though, and its best to use indicators whose positions can be adjusted on the leader.
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    I haven't ever really done much nymphing, but that's ALL I've been doing for
    the last couple of months. I bought a pack of Cortland foam indicators, and
    found the fish striking the indicator to be too annoying. The indicators were
    only used in a lake, and I found that imparting a minute jerky motion in still
    water without an indicator works fine: no fish striking the indicator, and strikes are easy to detect with the method Cliff described. The moving
    water I nymph on varies so greatly in depth, that an indicator would be worthless (for me). Many of my strikes are with 2-3 seconds of the nymph
    hitting the water on streams.

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    Well thank you everyone. I'm going in the morning and will start with wet no indicator and see what happens.

    Temps going down (New Jersey) and should be in the high 50's. Im from Tn and this is going to be a Winter experience.

    Again good info and I really appreciate it.

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    Contrary to the comments, I USE a softhackle (WET FLY) and even a Royal Coachman as a nymph. Also as a wet as described, but on the Provo, I will float them under an indicator all the time. Not a traditional way to fish wets, but as I say, I treat them like NYMPHS.
    Caught allot of fish using a softhackle with a BB about 8 to 10 inches up under an indicator. In fact when wet, it looks a great deal like a scud.
    By pool, are you talking STILLWATER? If so, then I say try it.
    As far as indicators for this type, I prefer the "POP TOPS" as the stick will stand straight up is suspended. For moving water I like the THINGAMABOBBERS, but on creeks I prefer the small styro ball with the toothpick.
    I could never get those foam squeeze ones to stay together, support the fly weight, and forget trying to move them.

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    Joni,

    I also use wet flies as a nymph with a strike indicator.

    John

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    I also use soft hackles quite often as a dropper above a Copper John. Wets make great droppers because their light weight keeps them from playing tetherball with the leader.
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    We tie a soft hackle that we call "after shaft" that works great. Basically it is tied with the small feathers from a grouse with grey dubbing for the body. It is normally tied with grey or black thread, but we have made a few custom changes that seem to work better then what is called for.


    John

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