Strike Indicators come in all shape, sizes and materials. In years past, we found the same yarn used used for making yarn flies, worked great for stike indicators too. However, we "toned down" the color selection to more natural colors with indicators.
Ove the last few years we experimented with new materials for our strike indicators. We grew tired having to aid floatant to our indicators to keep them ridding high. The solution - foam. We have made the switch to a 2mm closed-cell foam. Check out our instructions for making your own Steelhead strike indicators.
Make your own Strike Indicators:
Fold over foam approx. 1 1/2" and cut off. We recommend using two colors , layered for added visibility and floatation.
Using a pair of scissors, cut the folded foam in a "V" shape, leaving approx. 3/16" at the bottom and 1" wide at the top. Repeat with additional color.
Insert the O-ring over the forcepts. NOTE: O-ring size is up to 3/8". We prefer a 3/8" (10mm).
Combine your foam, fold one end and clamp the forceps to the tip. Roll the O-ring over the tip toward the narrow center of the foam strip.
Once the O-ring is in the center of the foam strips, release the forceps.
Grasp the indicator with the forceps as pictured and make several tight wraps with your thread. Finnish with a few half hitches or a whip finish knot. NOTE: do not wrap to tight.. The kevlar is strong enough to cut right through the foam.
Trim your completed strike indicator so it is uniform in shape. Sides and top.
Remember to keep your colors as natural as possible. We prefer white with a colored center for most situations. The wite is similar to the foam that is offen generated on the rivers. The exception is and dawn or dusk. Bright contrasting colors work best under these times.
Lastly, make 2 to 3 cuts from the top towards the base of the indicator aprox. 1/2 the distance. This will help the indicator become more visible and float upright.
That is it! You are ready to hit the water...
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