Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Strike Indicator made with Dollar tree and dentist materials

I was looking at strike indicators with a open mind. Again.

Strike indicators get a lot of thought and press through out the sport. There are so many styles available. You probably have your favorite. or favorite for different waters and conditions. Well I have mine. They have come from a variety of factors such as water speed, clarity, and fishing pressure. aka technical waters. I use a white 1/2" foam ball on clear or tail-water fish. Looks like a bubble and seems to not spook them.

On rivers and less technical those little white balls can be hard to see or pick out from the bubbles. You'll go blind trying to find them.

Been looking at these.

Serious Anglers Rastaman Strike Indicators
as seen on

So knowing I like to make stuff myself. Here's a idea that has developed from  my research as well as just some go old Trash Fly hunting and tinkering.

Materials List

Dollar Tree: Foam sheets. (really thin) Really thin. $1.00
Rubber band from braces. (New ie un used) Around $1 per 100 ct.
Orthodontic Elastic Rubber Bands
Tying thread and super glue.


Take the foam and make 6 cuts about 2". Up to you for length. Make six thin strips. That makes 12 after folded.

Step 2
Slip a rubber band from braces, In the middle.

Step 3
Fold. Wrap with thread above the band. Tye or simply add a drop of superglue.

Testing it so on a couple of different bodies of water and situations.

This is a cheap one and pretty quick to make.

Prototype and test item

Dedicated to Bailey. I love you.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rainbow Warrior with iridescent Christmas tensile.

Hook: #16 Scud
Bead: Brass or Tungsten
Tail: Hackle scrap (Tan)
Underbody: Red thread
Overbody: Iridescent Christmas tensile
Wingcase: Pheasant tale (webby part)
Collar: UV Dubbing white

Tying video and story of the patterns origins.

Around Christmas and Easter this stuff is in abundance. Afterwards it seems to go to the waste bin. Just say no to the useless waste of awesome, free, tying materials. Makes good over-bodies. Also great wing-case covers. I say save it. In the featured fly the Rainbow Warrior it is some powerful stuff. If you are apprehensive of the Trash Fly ways you need to remember that free is pretty cheap :) Also your already looked at by non tyers a weird so grab the gold when you can.

The rainbow warrior is a awesome trout pattern. I fished it in 'technical' tail-waters as well as easier streams. Produces like a champ.

Dedicated to my son Bailey. Love you.

Friday, September 2, 2016


Scud hook

Go catch fish.
Steps and details to come.

Easy is easy.