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Strike Indicators

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Do you use them?

I just tried one,a "Thingamabobber" for the first time, just fooling around with bluegills and crappies. Holy Cow I caught a lot more fish. Made me think, maybe I am missing more strikes than I know. No strike indicator showng but kind of a cool shot with my phone.

38145961016_4fca74caf2_b.jpgIMG_2535 by Mark Kasick, on Flickr

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I'll be using them next week while nymphing for trout and occasionally use them when fishing for panfish. Tim Holschlag recommends them when fishing most weighted flies for smallies.(I rarely do)

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I'll be using them next week while nymphing for trout and occasionally use them when fishing for panfish. Tim Holsclag recommends them when fishing most weighted flies for smallies.(I rarely do)

I think I am going to give it a try.

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Yes, I have also used the thingamabobber and adjustable foam floats with success while nymphing for trout, panfish and bass. They also work well with small streamers tied on jig hooks so they sit horizontal below the float.

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They also work well with small streamers tied on jig hooks so they sit horizontal below the float.

 

Another excellent fisherman whom I know, Jim Z., uses this same technique to catch more than his share of fish species.

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I use both indicators and floats or whatever you want to call them. Yarn type indicators work well for trout fishing or panfishing where high buoyancy is not critical. With yarn indicators, fish do feel much resistance when they suck in a fly or nymph.

 

Floats like Thingamabobbers or foam indicators work well for suspending a fly. Using floats with a right angle hook works well, especially when I have enough patience to use them the right way. I really like Airflo Strike indicators. It is easy to adjust the depth with the Airflo indicators and they do not kink up the leader like the thingamabobbers.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDwTz7VnqLU

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