I should have posted this Fish Pimp strike indicator review some time ago, but I felt like I had to fish it a bit more to get a good comparative perspective. That effort was finally satisfied this past week with my trip to the San Juan river in New Mexico. First, if you’ve never visited the San Juan, I highly recommend it. Its a fantastic tailwater with a rich fish population that will test even the most skilled anglers.
I spent 4 days exclusively nymph fishing and so had alot of time trying different strike indicators. Not only that, I got to test them with some of the most subtle strikes I have ever experienced fishing. After day 1 I exclusively used Fish Pimp strike indicators.
Why? Simply because of how responsive they were to the fish’s strikes. With a light foam body, these indicators slightly break the surface depending on the weight you are using and respond to just about anything that happens to your line below. At the San Juan that is necessary with a population of fish that have been caught and released many times in their lives and who are feeding on size 24 midges that they lightly sip in their mouth and spit out at the slightest foreign feeling.
Responding to the slightest irregular strike indicator movement can be the difference between a fish caught or a fish lost – and I take my fishing seriously ;). Fishing with my Father, I out-fished him every single day (not an easy feat) and I attribute it to my ability to detect the strikes better with the Fish Pimp strike indicator.
My one beef with the product would be that the indicator doesn’t work as well when attached to light tippet or leader. Fishing in some lower flows there were a few holes where I had the indicator only a few feet from my flies and often on light tippet. I lost a few indicators that way as the rubber interior didn’t seem to hold that light of line well. Other than that I’ve enjoyed fishing them.