Strike Indicator Fly for the Early Season

dellario SIF 9Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria

It was the third time a fish took my float indicator that Saturday morning. This time it was a 15-16” brown that held on for several seconds before letting go! I promptly coated an old fly with floating putty and caught several fish. That’s when I vowed it was time to develop a Strike Indicator Fly (SIF for short).

It took a season or two to refine the pattern. Initially, I tied a fluorescent orange spun deer hair fly and shaped it like a football. It worked, but after a couple of fish, it got waterlogged and was barely visible in the water film. Addition of a high-vis tail helped to see the fly and improved floatation, but it was still pretty low in the water film after catching a few fish.

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