I’m tired of paying in excess for most things that have the word “fly fishing” attached to them. Not in every case of course, but now and then one comes across a small item that is seriously over priced when you could quite easily find a household tool that performs the same function just with an adjustment to the application.
I have always struggled with attaching yarn strike indicators to my line. I never seem to find a suitable knot or when I want to move or remove it, it is never straight forward and I’m left with bits of yarn caught in the knot or a knot refusing to loosen and if it does oblige, the inevitable kink in the leader.
Recently I fished with a friend that had a tool for fixing yarn strike indicators to the leader without the need for knots and which allowed you to adjust quickly and easily the position at anytime for the depth of the pool or run you are fishing. And when you wanted to remove it, hassle free, no kinks in the line and the plastic tubing can be saved for the next time and reused. I think the genuine article came from the land of the long white cloud and with it when I enquired, a hefty priced tag for what you were getting. I also spoke to that man of practicality and common sense Craig Thom of Stream X in Cape Town who suggested I make my own. A visit to a sewing machine supplier the next day and I had the basis for the tool in the form of a stainless steel cotton or wool threader of sorts. Cut to size, a bead added from one of my wife’s discarded necklaces just for show and a little bling, but also as a handle and then a wire hook to which I still have to attach a small split ring so it can be hung on my fly vest. And, as they say, “Bobs your uncle” – my very own strike indicator tool. Cost nil, labour about 45 minutes and a visit to the sewing machine supplier. Savings about R200!
Apologies for the quality of the pictures, but nevertheless they show the DIY strike indicator tool and more or less how it works.
My DIY Strike Indicator Tool
Tool with plastic tubing cut in 3 to 4 mm lengths and ready for attaching
A section of plastic tubing slipped over a loop in the leader at the right position
Yarn indicator doubled over loop and tubing slipped up into position
This picture shows the strike indicator in position on the leader. The proportions of yarn to tubing in the picture are wrong. In this case the yarn has been trimmed too short. In reality the tubing should only be about a quarter to one third of the indicator length. It is also important to get the volume of yarn sufficient so that there is a tight fit with the tubing against the line. (See more or less correct proportions in the picture above)
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