My Favorite Strike Indicator: Video

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By Louis Cahill

I don’t always fish an indicator, but when I do…

It’s the New Zealand Strike indicator. I love these little wool indicators. They are the best I’ve ever used. They’re super sensitive, easy to use and they don’t kink up your leader. The thing I love the most about them is they give you a more natural drift than a bobber. You can even let them sink in deep runs and still see the strike. Sinking your indicator gives you the most natural drift you can get with an indicator.

In case you’re wondering, I don’t get any kind of sponsorship from the company. This sounds like a plug, even to me, but this is just a tool I love and I think you’ll love it too.

Get yours here!

Watch this video and learn how to use the New Zealand Indicator.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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8 thoughts on “My Favorite Strike Indicator: Video

  1. As a member of the New Zealand professional fishing guides association we were given one to trial and test .. I dont use anything else now ! They are fantastic! A must in any fly kit

  2. I have been a proponent of a fairly new bobber style indicator similar to the Thingamabobber but find in low clear water all of these splat on the water and you can see fish spooking. I’m anxious to try the New Zealand indicator mainly for stealth.

  3. They are a great tool and I have them in my kit along with Bio-Strike, Thingamabobbers, leaders with hi-vis sections, Amnesia, and a black Sharpie. They don’t all make every trip but they all have their place. The buy in on the nzsi is a ittle pricey.

  4. I’ve used yarn style indicators before, my main complaint has been that they saturate and ride low, making strike detection difficult. They also don’t seem to perform as well with heavier tandem rigs which seem to also pull them down. Does the NZ indicator resolve any of those issues? If so, how?

  5. They work good. Been using something similar since the 80’s. We used to use x-small surgical tubing and treated glow bug or macrame yarn but now I use various sized tubings for different size indicators, even micro tubing like Larva Lace with a wire bobbin threader for micro-emerger indicators or indicators for tracking small dry flies that are difficult to see. The key is getting the yarn bunch the right size so it fits tightly into the tube but not too tightly. Start with a little too much and reduce a little at a time until the yarn pops into the tube with some pressure on the leader. They adjust and remove easily. My tube/yarn kit consists of a baggie with pre-clipped tubing of various inside diameters and colored yarn clumps, threader and small,sharp scissors. I use many types of indicators for various reasons. For example I use foam slip release indicators for lake nymph fishing when vertical fishing 9′-30′ deep. Trapped-air indicators (Thingamabobbers) work best for heavily weighted river rigs, such as when bounce nymphing. No one style works perfect everywhere.

  6. This is by far the best advancement in strike indicator technology that I have seen. You can make them as big or as small as needed for the flies you are using, which controls subtle drift issues as well as allows for the most stealthy presentation possible. Once you have the kit, they are extremely economical. They are terrific for newbies, like Project Healing Waters Vets, boy scout merit badge, and teaching the grandkid because they are easier to cast and easier to avoid tangles. You can tell I am sold on these ingenious indicators.

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