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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Gt2003
Broken Arrow, Ok

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Gt2003 on Apr 4, 2019April 4th, 2019, 11:46 am EDT
I've never fished an indicator. If I put on an indicator, do I need to change leader size? My current plan is to fish wooly buggers with a 2x-3x leader and no indicator.

If I choose to fish nymphs with an indicator, should I still use the fly size/3-4 OR will the indicator make a difference in leader size?
Iasgair
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Colorado

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Iasgair on Apr 4, 2019April 4th, 2019, 1:31 pm EDT
I really don't see how it would make a difference. Of course, you don't want an indicator too small that the weight of the fly takes it under. But as for leader size, I really can't think of anything you should worry about.

Just make sure the length of the leader and tippet is long enough from the indicator to the fly to reach the desired depth.

What type of indicator are you thinking of using. I like the Airflo indicators because you can move the indicator up and down the line easily and it won't kink your leader.
Gt2003
Broken Arrow, Ok

Posts: 25
Gt2003 on Apr 4, 2019April 4th, 2019, 10:56 pm EDT
I bought a pack of the small, cork Orvis indicators attached by doubling the line, passing it through the eye then running the indicator through the loop. I'm not necessarily set on these, it's just what my local shop had.
Adirman
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Apr 6, 2019April 6th, 2019, 8:10 am EDT
Are the airflo Indy’s pretty much the same as the thingamabobbers where you have the screw on adjuster top? I like those too if that’s the one
Iasgair
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Colorado

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Iasgair on Apr 8, 2019April 8th, 2019, 11:39 am EDT
Are the airflo Indy’s pretty much the same as the thingamabobbers where you have the screw on adjuster top? I like those too if that’s the one


Yes, they are. Someone was thinking when they came up with that idea.
Adirman
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Apr 13, 2019April 13th, 2019, 4:06 am EDT
Yes they were!!

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