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Every Day in May: Line

Drawing a line in the water is non-complicated for me: WF Floater or a Clear Intermediate. I haven’t missed a Double Taper floater until recently when I added some shorter rods into the mix for small stream presentations. No, usually, I am tossing for some distance on a bigger river or lake. I have little if any brand loyalty here. SA or Cortland or….doesn’t matter to me. My only line caveat is go with the newer Camo Intermediates as the older ‘clear’ lines coiled badly in colder waters. Beyond that take care of them, clean them, don’t bind them, don’t stretch them unless via a fish.

The line in the water stretching out, away on a lake…little curls playing away and perhaps riding the small riffles on the surface. The fish takes or plays and the little curls pulse away with little waves sent outward; a strike indicator as it were. The fly is too far away or not visible in the low light. The line’s straightening out in a jolt is the cue.

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Topic: Leader


Fly Fishing: Making Two Sided Foam Strike Indicators

There are plenty of commercially made indicators to use for fly fishing. Of course, as a beginning fly fisher, you will encounter those that abhor the use of an indicator and liken it to using a golf ball size, red and white bobber with a chunk of night crawler beneath. 

The use of a strike indicator to present the fly will be your choice. I am presenting an option for a home made variety, strike indicator. I thought it unique enough to present it for creating your own ‘micro indicators’.  Check out the other Allen Brothers how to links as well.


Stillwater Slip Strike Indicator (bobber rig…sounds soooo non-fly fisher, but….)

Slip Strike Bobber

Slip Strike Bobber

Slip Strike Bobber
Slip Strike Bobber

 Most fly fishers become aware of the value of a strike indicator of some sort, usually while nymphing on a stream or river. Although Czech Nymphing is popular, the dredging technique still is probably not as popular as fishing with a strike indicator. In addition to streams, an indicator is used by some on stillwaters for chironomid fishing. I have posted before about wind drifting a leech or pupa pattern beneath a strike indicator on a lake and noticed that shows with Chan and Rowley often show them using a sizable ‘bobber’ that is set up to slide down the leader when the fish is struck and the resistance is felt. The above photo’s (sorry for the second one) show the loop. Rowley suggests the peg and loop be on the bottom of the bobber to eliminate less tangles with the lob cast. The key to this set up, if I can explain it correctly, was to do this: on upper end of  bobber use finger to press off leader so it does not slide, take peg that has leader running up the middle of it, and is on bottom side of bobber and draw it out or downward an inch or so and form a loop of leader as you insert the peg into the bottom of the bobber. The strike will cause the peg to be pulled out, then the bobber will slide down to the fish’s snout, pissing it off and enhancing your enjoyment…oh relax and shut up PETA…    Don’t insert the peg so tightly that the strike/fish resistance can’t dislodge the peg.  The top picture gives a good view but Chan and Rowley and B.C. officianados recommend the peg on the bottom. I would for enjoyment sake pick a bobber that is visible, supports the flies you are most likely going to use and don’t go too big to reduce air resistance.     


Indicators, bobbers or Thingamabobbers?




I like these, but if strung on as commonly explained, they can put a kink in the line. I have seen alternative methods to attach to additional pieces of line affixed to the leader. I like these alot. Pick the color that suits the lighting and texture of the currents. These come in two sizes. I prefer these over what I have done in the past” corkies strung up the leader and tooth pick inserted and broken off to hold in place. The tufts of yarn that when cast flit about like a drunken bird; the type that is football shaped or tear drop slide the line through the slit and tug the line behind the rubber tube that extends up the middle.

I like something that is easy to attach and the fly does not have to be removed to remove the bobber strike indicator.

        I find the bobbers to the left to come off too often. They are aerodynamic and if you can keep them on the leader, these are a good option.


Stillwater Leech (Wind drifting a maroon leech pattern)

Brushed Leech

Brushed Leech

I have recently watched two television shows showcasing Brian Chan fishing BC lakes (Hatheume & Heffley). In both episodes he was fishing in the Fall and utilized the Brush Leech pattern. What was novel, to me, was that he used a slip strike indicator above a Leech pattern. Chan cast the rig out and let it wind drift, much like he has advocated wind drifting chironomid patterns. I am not sure why I have never considered doing this. Not sure I have ever noticed anyone doing it either or I would have probably tried it at sometime. I don’t know if I want to use a slipping strike indicator because of the casting, Chan just lobbed it out there in an open loop and watched for the indicator to move and did a quick strip set. The indicator slid down the leader to the fly. This is apparently a well known rig in BC, with indicators marketed by Rowley and Chan. The Leech was used as one of a few food options in the Fall. 
The other technique I read about is similar. A leech below the strike indicator. The Leech is adjusted so that it reaches below the algae bloom and is manipulated either by wave action or retrieve to enticingly undulate in view below the bloom. Both of these techniques are similar to chironomid fishing except with some form of Leech. I think a weighted pattern, but not overly weighted, would sink to the desired depths. A bead head or evenly wrapped/weighted shank would break the surface. The wind drifted method is more of a horizontal/diagonal presentation and the beneath the algae bloom presentation is vertical, ala chironomids.
Passing this on to those, like me, that had not previously recognized the technique.                

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