A high riding, easy to see indicator is a pleasure to watch bouncing its way downstream. Even more so as it disappears. There is a world of difference between the larger, denser, clip on indicators regularly employed on the Tongariro and the sparse, fingernail sized whisps we employ stealthily in the deep south, and the maintenance requirements of both.
Recently I noticed the frustrations of many Central Plateau anglers struggling to keep their indicators riding high. An indicator only works if you can see it and if it sinks every few metres once its waterlogged you’ll spend most of your day striking on fresh air... Here are a few easy tips to keep your flies fishing for longer.
1. Check Your Indicator Often
…for tangles / trapped fibres / positioning. You want to ensure your indicator isn’t being adversely affected by your leader.
2. Treat Your Indicator Often
Consider treating it the evening prior with Loon Hydrostop for a more permanent waterproofing solution. On the river, a combination of Loon Fly Dip, Lochsa and Top Ride, along with an Amadou patch will keep it in condition.
3. Renew Your Indicator Often
Switch it out when required with a dry, perkier version. Even with the best of desiccants, a large, dense indicator will eventually require changing, and so it pays to keep a couple of spare, dry, previously treated indicators on hand to refresh your rig when needed.