Step by step: Home made 'indicators.'

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  1. fredaevans

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    TallFlyGuy Adipossessed!

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    Right on Fred.

    I 'll have to make some up so I can use em with my spey rod :p :p
     
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    Sourdoughs -Marc Chapman, icthyoantagonist

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    Actually you can. Take about 6" of 10# maxima and tie it on to the very end of your fly line; attach the 'indicator' there. It will cast quite well. Directly on the fly line ... you're toast.
     
  5. Wayne Kohan

    Wayne Kohan fish-ician

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    So Fred, are you nymphing with your spey rod? The idea of doing that has struck me, but I have never tried it. I usually use a double nymph set up and I'm afraid my poor spey casting might knot it all up.

    Wayne
     
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    Don't do it very often Wayne, but there are times where it's the very best choice. Example would be where the holding/travel water is just a few feet of the bank you're on.

    Another would actually be during periods of really high water and you have to fish in close.

    Fred
     
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    I wonder how many one would have to make for it to be cost effective.
     
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    Considering the cost of 'store bought' ones (same things), not many.
    Fred
     
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    Strike Indicator: 90 cents

    Braided Macrame' Yarn $3
    Large Sturdy Bodkin
    Heavy Tooth Metal Pet Comb $6
    Sharp Scissors
    Needle-nosed Pliers
    Small Rubber O-Rings (1/4" and smaller) no idea let's just say $4 for a whole bunch
    Flat Waxed Nylon Thread $2.99
    Loon Outdoors' Hard Head $6.95
    Loon Outdoors' Hydrostop $6.95
    my time $20/hr conservatively

    Some of the supplies I may not have add up to 29.89 not including time.
    So it would require about 33.211111 to break even....if $3 of yarn will hold out for 33.
    To be saving money I would have to think about time. I doubt I could tie up enough in an hour so let's say 2 hours at $10/hour. So 55.5333333 in two hours would be a good number to be more cost effective than buying them.
    It would be worthwhile, if I was planning on doing nothing for a day other than watch sports and tying these things up. Which I may do. But it doesn't seem like a cost effective solution unless I'm tying up a 2 year supply. I still think I might try it.
     
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    That design of strike indictor kinks a good leader.......I HATE IT!
     
  11. hendersonbaylocal

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    It's all about the thinga-ma-bobber.
     
  12. Red Shed

    Red Shed "junkyard spey"

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    God help me for saying this, but a $.79 sack of kid's balloons will work just about better then anything.
     
  13. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    it is all about the thing-a-ma-bobber!
     
  14. TallFlyGuy

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    I just use an 11ft "bobber" rod for bobber fishing. I've tried with a fly rod, but by the time you put a bobber on larger than your thumb, then add split shot, multiple flies, and all that, it doesn't seem to make sense to me. With an 11ft rod, you can mend better and have less splash on the water when you mend and cast the 20lb floating power pro.
     
  15. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    yeah, but try tucking in under the bushes from a moving boat with an 11 foot rod. i think that for bobber fishing (on a fly rod), if done correctly, is every bit a effective as "bobber" fishing. Having a buddy who knows how to row for it is a big plus too!