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Yarn Indicator Knot


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step: 1
Pattern Description
The yarn indicator is the most sensitive indicator I have found. While there are commercially made versions available, I prefer to tie my own from macramé yarn directly into the leader butt. The knot I use is a relatively simple slipknot, but the yarn is attached in a unique manner. Follow the directions closely and try this indicator the next time youre out. It is more buoyant, visible and sensitive than any other indicator, and while it can be a bit wind resistant to cast, the sensitivity far outweighs any liabilities.
Materials Needed:

Materials Needed: Polypropylene Macrame Yarn Leader Butt, Comb and Scissors
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Start with a three-inch length of braided polypropylene macramé yarn. charlie's flybox
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step: 3
Comb the yarn out, working from the center toward the ends with the comb. I find a wire dog brush works very well for shagging out the yarn. Set the yarn clump aside for the time being. charlie's flybox
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step: 4
I am using orange Amnesia running line in the photos for clarity, but you want to tie this indicator into the thick butt section of your tapered leader, about one and a half times the water depth up from your split shot. In the photo, the end in my left hand would be attached to the end of the fly line, and the end in my right is the long end down tapering down to the tippet. Begin by forming a loop in the line at the pre-determined point where you want your indicator. Bring the left side of the line in front of the right to form the loop. charlie's flybox
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step: 5
Pinch the base of the loop where the lines intersect between the thumb and index finger of your left hand. charlie's flybox
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step: 6
Draw the line tight on the right side. charlie's flybox
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step: 7
Fold the loop forward over the top of the taut strand. charlie's flybox
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step: 8
While keeping the strand on the right taut with your right thumb and middle finger, reach over the top of the loop with your right index finger and catch the taut strand from the bottom. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 9
Pull your index finger up through the loop along with the taut strand. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 10
Continue to pull up on the taut strand until the knot tightens around the standing line. You have just tied a simple slipknot. charlie's flybox
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step: 11
Place the yarn clump on the fly line (left) side of the loop on the underside of the standing line, as shown. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 12
Fold the yarn around the standing line at the center of its length. Keep the clump all together in a tidy little bunch. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 13
Grasp the base of the yarn in your left hand along the standing line to keep it all together. charlie's flybox
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step: 14
Open the loop up and slide the fingers of your right hand down through the loop. charlie's flybox
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step: 15
Grasp the base of the yarn tightly while drawing the tippet end down to tighten the loop around its base. charlie's flybox
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step: 16
Continue to draw the loop down until it is completely cinched around the base of the yarn. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 17
Pull tightly on both ends of the standing line to secure the knot. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 18
Trim the yarn down so it is square across the top. The length is up to you. I like a bigger indicator in fast water and more weight on the leader. I trim it down shorter when in shallow water or when Im only using a little weight. Apply your favorite paste or liquid floatant (Cortland DAB works very well on yarn) and go fish. charlie's flybox
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