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    This may not be the right place but I'll start here. I recently got a 3wt set up. 7 1/2 ft rod. I've fished it several times using a indicator rig which consists of a round thingamabobber indicator with various fly combos. Ususally something like a wooly bugger or prince with a midge underneath. Problem is I keep getting these wicked ugly "wind knots". I did some research and decided I was casting too hard so I backed off and still have the problem. I tied on a single dry fly the other day and everything looked beautiful. I tried switching from a DT3wt to WF 4wt line and that didn't seem to help either. Any ideas as to what to try for the indicator rigs? Shorter/longer leader? Been using 5 and 6x tapered leaders. Tippet length? distance between flies etc.? Any thoughts appreciated.

  • #2
    Might try have fly on bottom.
    And make sure you are sorta round casting, lobbing....
    That's been effective for me


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    • #3
      Well, when fishing with this rod, what does your setup typically look like?

      As someone who almost ALWAYS uses an indicator, I've noticed that I tend to get my indicator knotted up when I try to wind up my cast behind me more than once or twice. So I guess the best advice would be to keep that to a minimum. I imagine you don't need to cast super far with a three weight.

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      • #4
        When I fish indicators I have hooks in them....big bushy stimulators work great. When working creeks and moving waters I do best with roll casts and water hauls. Try to keep back casts and false casts to a minimum. When you do, open up your casting loop,and let your back cast extend fully behind you before starting your forward cast.

        (Dang, I actually sound like I know what I'm talking about!)
        BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

        Exodus 29:18
        Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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        • #5
          I knew you were gonna say that indicators need hooks! Iíve borne that it mind over the years. Now if I could just remember to open up my loops....
          sigpicAKA oldandtreacherous
          "Good things come to those who wade." John 6:37

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          • #6
            Originally posted by terry creech View Post
            I knew you were gonna say that indicators need hooks! Iíve borne that it mind over the years. Now if I could just remember to open up my loops....
            I fished with the yarn indicators for many years, and I don't know how many fish hit the indicator. I've had fish hit those bobbers as well. Funny thing, I never had a bream to hit a red and white float...even fishing tenkara style with a bamboo pole.
            BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

            Exodus 29:18
            Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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            • #7
              Those bream are jusí too smart, Preacher! (Not something you expect to hear too often!)
              - Jed Green

              "I will make you fishers of men" - Christ
              Bamboo rods, Clear streams, and old Jeeps

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              • #8
                Slow your cast down....
                Some fishermen see no fish and foolishly
                believe that the river is empty.
                Henry Van Dyke

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                • #9
                  Slow your cast and open your loops.

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                  • #10
                    Iím with preacher on using a dry for an indicator. My 3wt is just a hair under 6ft and Iíve accepted that it just wonít cast a true indicator right worth a hoot.

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                    • #11
                      Finally got a chance to go back out with the 3wt and put your suggestions to work. I was happy with the results. Thanks to all of you.I do have another question in regards to using a fly as an indicator. Is there a rule of thumb as to what size dry fly will support what size dropper? If I want to drift a rubber legs through a pool will a dry fly work or do I need to stick with a thingamabobber thing? I know I can try it but I'm lazy and I feel like my eyes only have so many 6x tippet knots left in them so I thought I'd ask here first.

                      Thanks again for the input.

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