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Strike Indicator Fly

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#1 DHC


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Posted 29 January 2020 - 11:15 AM

If you use a strike indicator most likely you have experienced a fish taking a whack at your indicator.  With this in mind I designed a fly that I call the Double Dipper.


The Double Dipper Strike Indicator Fly is a large highly visible and very buoyant fly.  Because it is so buoyant one can run one or two smaller dropper flies off it at one time.  I call it a Double Dipper because it has two of each type of material except for legs in which it has four sets of two, two on each side of the body. 


Double Dipper 1.JPG Double Dipper 2.JPG

  • Hook 6x long any brand with a light of wire as possible
  • Body one 2 to 1-1/2 inch of 3/16 heat shrink and 2 sections of foam of the same length.
  • Thread metallic purple
  • Legs black and white speckled rubber
  • Post white polypropylene
  • Wings white or iridescent web wing type material and a white saddle feather


The clear 3/16 to 1/4 inch polyolefin heat shrink needs to be colored purple and the foam can be a variety of colors although I prefer black and beige.  For more on using heat shrink for tying flies or making your own web wing type material type in "Unsinkalbe Dry Flies" in you search engine.

#2 vicrider


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Posted 30 January 2020 - 01:50 AM

I like the idea of an indicator with a hook. Then I won't feel so much like I'm fishing with a bobber. I do think yours is overkill though except when I fish the bass ponds, which is about all I do anymore. Then it would support a nice nymph for 'gills and be more like to get eaten by a bass than a smaller fly. If you designed that good job.

#3 Mark Knapp

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 01:38 PM

The idea is a good one yes. Of course it's not new, fly fishers commonly use a "hopper", or a "popper and a dropper".


I had a great lot of fun with them on a trip to the Spokane area last spring fishing for smallmouth and blue gills.


The best combination we found on the trip was either a hopper or a popper with a San Juan worm dropped about 36 inches below it.


One of the challenges is finding the floating fly with enough buoyancy to support the dropper. It looks like your fly will hold up lots of good stuff. Nice work.

#4 Bryon Anderson

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 03:05 PM

Nice indicator fly -- that ought to be buoyant enough to support a pretty chunky nymph, even a big stonefly nymph. If you're fishing smaller/lighter nymphs -- a #16 bead-head, say--you can get away with a much smaller dry fly. A heavily hackled l Wulff or Humpy is more than up to the job for nymphs in the 14-18 range. 

"... trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience." -- John Voelker (aka Robert Traver), Testament of a Fisherman

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 03:17 PM

Like Byron, I favor an attractor like a Wulff or a Humpy especially if there is a hatch of naturals. The color of the Wulff or Humpy is the color of the natural. For example, during the PMD hatch a Grizzly Wulff or Humpy in PMD yellow seems to work better as an attractor. 







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#6 mikechell



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Posted 30 January 2020 - 04:33 PM

Looks like a Chernobyl Ant with wings and parachutes.  Should be a killer by itself, on big fish like bass or browns.

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 07:39 PM

I usually fish a stimulator tied with the floating dubbing from ftd and pink hackle for easy viewing coated liberally in loons floatant.