S3:E30 What Your Strike Indicator Tells You

Your strike indicator gives off some important signals, the most obvious being whether a fish is working your nymph. In this episode for newer fly fishers, we discuss the various kinds of strike indicators – and how to read whether your nymphs are down far enough in the feeding zone. Nymph fishing is a high-interest topic of our audience, and going back to the basics now and then can help you find more success on the river.

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4 Replies to “S3:E30 What Your Strike Indicator Tells You”

  1. I absolutely LOVE the stick on indicator. You guys killed it out of the gate. I get that everyone likes what they like. I enjoy that one the most, but it has to be the “oval” one, not the circle (sightly bigger). The oval indicators can be reused to change depth, you just have to be delicate with the first press, then slide it up or down and give the second one a harder crimp. Getting past the fact that you have to ditch them regularly was the hang up on using them, but you can find them cheap (j.s. flyfishing) and toss them. I like them because they add zero weight.

    For larger ones I enjoy the AirLock because you can screw them on and they don’t slip. No looping, just feed the line and and tighten the cap.

    There’s also info out there that the best indicators are the “clear” ones that look like “bubbles” to the fish, unlike colored indicators. Just my 2 cents.

    1. Love that you like the Stick-ons … really appreciate your reply. Very helpful. This is a perfect foil to our episode. We’ll use this for Great Stuff from Our Listeners section. Excellent!

      Thank you for engaging the topic,


  2. I really enjoyed this very advanced angling podcast, especially using what a San Juan River guide, John Tavenner taught me, that the bubbles passing your indictor that your flies are moving at the proper speed on the bottom. He also taught me the very advanced skill of looking under the indicator to see if a fish eats your fly by seeing the whites of their mouths or the flick or flash of the moving trout, often fractions of a second before the indicators moves! Keep up the great work and enjoyable podcasts!

  3. Have gone from abhorrence to love over my little bobbers. Especially the little screw in ones,great color selections easy adjustments, and minor casting influence. For my 2cents,90% of my big fish,20,22inch,have come with a extremely natural drift,downstream as far as 75ft. And be prepared,almost always on first drift. Lovely.

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