Those silly, little, bright colored indicators. They come in all shapes and sizes. You can love them or hate them. But, they do help your dead drift and put your fly closer to where the fish is feeding. I have been lazy and have left that indicator up towards the top of the leader. And still have caught fish. But, it does make sense to go with the rule of 1.5 to 2 times the depth of the water to place that indicator. Otherwise, you could have too much slack and the fish could have a finicky day and say no thanks to your offering.
When I am in slower or more clear water... I like to use a white yarn indicator. It's great for that lighter touch that you might need when the trout seem to be quite finicky to your bright indicator that does make a little bit of a noise when landing.
So, there's my two cents on indicators and what works for me.
On the fishing front, I was involved with a flyfishing weekend with some great flyfishers from all over the U.S. One of my favorite things as you all know, is that I love to meet up with people from different states. This was an annual retreat for the Facebook group, TPWLB. We are full of shenanigans as a group and have a lot of fun. It really is amazing how so many different personalities mesh when you have flyfishing as a common denominator.
Here are a few of the gals that I have fished with before. They are top notch anglers and we have a great time when we neet up. The Mexican food doesn't even have to be all that great. Lol.
I caught this beauty of a rainbow on the group trip. Such great catches by all throughout the event.
One of my boat mates on the float, was Charlie. He is an amazing angler and taught me a lot during those couple of days. He is hearing impaired and where I have an awful habit of mumbling, I had to talk loud and clear! It was good for me. He was delightful to fish with. Glad to have him as a new flyfishing friend. =)
In all, I think that there were around 60 of us on the river. Yeah, the locals were rolling their eyes for sure. I don't know where the other dozen girls went in this pic... haha.
I was also part of a competition on the side during this gathering. There was a code word that was used as a "control item" to prove the date of the picture. I have been in this contest for a couple of months. It started with 20 people. A girls division and a boys division. And in the final pairing...
Yes, it was Rob and me.
To be continued...
Enjoy your week and remember that most days are better when you start with a smile. =)