A Really, Really Good Strike Indicator

June 15, 2012 By: Kirk Deeter

The StrikeIndicator Tool

Far be it from me to get excited about strike indicator fishing… usually.

But I’ve had a chance to work with the StrikeIndicator Tool recently, and I think this New Zealand-born innovation might be the best new idea I’ve seen in a few years. Here’s what we ran in Angling Trade:

“If you like fishing indicators with nymph rigs, the importance of a reliable attachment that lets you fish different depths, and maintains that high floating visibility cannot be underestimated. The StrikeIndicator Tool costs $16.95 and is worth every penny. We’ve tested it on rivers in Colorado and are duly impressed. The system involves a hook-type tool that grabs the leader, and small tubing that slides into place (first over the leader, forming a loop), then fastens yarn in place (when you pull it taut). It’s easier to refer you to a visual demonstration, so check out www.strikeindicator.com to see how it works.”

Since we ran that, I’ve fished this indicator system even more, and I like it even more. It’s brilliant.

Check out the videos below for more info on the tool and how to use it.

Steps: Hook line on mono loop, slide sleeve over loop, insert wool, and finish the indicator.  Photos and video below by Tim Flagler, Tightline Studios.

It’s worth noting that the floating material is New Zealand wool. Why do we like wool socks? Because they wick moisture. Wool has proven to me to be more effective than most materials in terms of float power and sensitivity. A little goes a long way. And it reveals strikes better than clunky foams and plastics.

I have no doubt that I am hooking more fish with this sensitive and reliable system than I did before I started using it.