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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-21-2016, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Indicator Tips

I was curious if anyone here can give me some tips on indicator adjustment. Im a little confused and how you know when to move your indicator up or down. If you guys can give me some tips on when and how to do that it's appreciated thanks!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-21-2016, 01:02 AM
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Re: Indicator Tips

I increase my distance between indicator and fly until I drag bottom, then back off a little at a time until I am not dragging. I like to see my line hit a rock now and then without dragging. That ensures me I'm in the zone.
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Re: Indicator Tips

normal rule of thumb is 1.5 times the depth of water - but will have to be adjusted (fine tuned) for current - as described by Sekora
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Re: Indicator Tips

You adjust it when the water depth change. look into the new zealand strike indicator, its easy to move and super sensitive. The rare time that i do use on that is what i use.
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Re: Indicator Tips

I use the thingamabobber most times, but I don't loop the line around. Instead I use the end of a tooth pick through the hole. Most times I am into the thicker section of the leader, and that has no effect on breaking. This also keeps the leader from getting them curly spots. This allows me to keep the same leader in case I want to suddenly go on top.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2016, 09:26 PM
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Re: Indicator Tips

My suggestion is try to not use an indicator. I prefer to watch the end of my line. When it slows down, stops, or bounces around, then set it. The added benefit is the you're not kinking your leader from an indicator so that you can switch to dry flies immediately if need be. Just my personal opinion.

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Re: Indicator Tips

Mostly I just adjust my indicator until I start catching fish. If the line is occasionally snagging bottom, it's close to where I want it. As browtine suggests though, for all but the long slow pools where sight detection can be difficult, I simply watch the leader for telltale signs of a strike and set the hook when I see them. If you are fishing a long way out or on slow water, indicators work well. Otherwise, I find them unnecessary.

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