Its safe to say that ‘thingamabobber style’ strike indicators have taken over today’s nymphing scene. Whether or not you choose to fish under an indicator, its hard to argue their effectiveness. They cast reasonably well, float virtually forever, and are a breeze to attach to any standard leader.
However, a downside to many modern strike indicators is the ugly kink created in the leader when removing or adjusting the indicator to different depths. At $4.95 per tapered leader, this can be a bit of a pain when switching back and forth between nymphs and dry flies, but for most of us, we’ve just learned to deal with it!
That is until the good folks at Rajeff Sports recently introduced us to the new Airlock Strike Indicators. We took them for a test drive this summer at Alaska West, and thought they were pretty slick. We’re not going to get overly ‘techie’ here as the idea is really quite simple.. A modern ‘bobber style’ indicator with a fully adjustable top. Unscrew the top, lay your leader in the groove, and screw down tight. Need to adjust? Loosen the top, slide the indicator to the desired point on the leader, and tighten back down. The indicator never moves and better yet, never kinks your line.. The brilliance is in it’s simplicity. Why didn’t we think of that?
Check out the video below for a demonstration!
The Airlock Indicators come in three sizes, four colors, and can be found at all fly shops in the know. Click here to find the dealer nearest to you!
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