Strike Indicators 101 – Video Tutorial

In this video Simon helps clarify five different types of strike indicators. He discusses attachment and benefits of each style. Thingamabobber, Airlock, Oros, NZ Strike Indicator and Slip n Strike style indicators are covered.

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2 Responses to Strike Indicators 101 – Video Tutorial

  1. Jake says:

    Thanks for the indicator breakdown. I’ve been thinking about using an indicator with my euro setup, especially out of the raft on the move. Im assuming the New Zealand setup would struggle to float a heavy stonefly dropper rig? Do you think a Oros or thingamabobber would be the best indicator for that application or do you think a New Zealand indicator would work? I’m finding that most of my friends who are new to euro nymphing are struggling to stay in contact with their flies and miss strikes on the move. Let me know what you think.

  2. Oregon Fly Fishing Blog says:


    You could make a New Zealand indicator work with a large stonefly nymph. You would have to use a large piece of wool and lots of floatant. So it would be more forcing that indicator to work than it actually working well. I’d recommend using an Oro, Airlock, or Thingamabobber as they are more buoyant. The Airlock will make a 90 degree angle from your tippet to your flies, so that would be most like euronymphing in terms of tight-line nymphing. I prefer Oro’s as they are a little easier to put on and adjust. Either way, I think a more buoyant indicator would suit you better for what you are trying to do.

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