Classic Tuesday Tip: How to Create the Ultimate Yarn Indicator


Patrick Fulkrod of The South Holston River Company was the 2014 Orvis-endorsed Guide of the Year for the East and a frequent contributor to this blog so he knows what he’s talking about. In this video, he shows you how to create and use the “ultimate yarn indicator system,” which is the brainchild of famed Colorado guide Pat Dorsey. What you end up with is a high-floating, visible yarn indicator that is also very sensitive to strikes. It’s a great system for deep nymphing or fishing in fast water. You can buy a kit to make these indicators on the Blue Quill Angler website.


Fulkrod uses 5/16 bands he buys from a dog-grooming site.
Photo by Patrick Fulkrod

6 thoughts on “Classic Tuesday Tip: How to Create the Ultimate Yarn Indicator”

  1. Ya know, at first I thought this was just going to be a ripoff of the NZ indicator but I think it may actually be an improvement! I just happen to have a zillion of those elastics that I got to help position guides on rod blanks! BTW, the elastics come not only in different diameters but different strengths per diameter. I like this idea and will be trying it out on your river first chance I get!

  2. AWESOME!!!!!!รท
    This will work great with my furled leaders where you run just straight tippet material

  3. I’ve been using this method for over 20 years and it is the best. I recommend Silicon Muslin for the floatant and you can get the dental rubber bands from Amazon.

  4. I had the pleasure of Patrick teaching me this method when he was guiding me: and I also caught my biggest Rainbow to date underneath this indicator that same day. This is a a dream to cast and it floated all day.

  5. Is there a specific reason for using NON latex bands? I already have some 5/16″ bands, but I’m not sure whether they’re latex or non-latex.

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