Touch indicators for nymph fishing: professional advice!

A question that often comes up when line fishing for nymphs is “which bite indicator should I use and under what conditions?”. The choice of bite indicators is a major aspect in the ability to detect bites. It depends on a number of specific factors. Julien Lorquet, a Belgian competitor, gives us some valuable advice…

The thread

For nymphs, the use of coloured nylon in the leader is very common. The Nymph is ideal for this purpose. It can be incorporated into a tapering leader to create a versatile leader. It will allow you to switch easily between dry and nymph fishing. For “Spanish” fishing, use a 30 to 50 cm piece after a single-strand Kamoufil. In more difficult light conditions or in fast flowing rivers, it can be used on the whole body of the line, or just the Nymph. The recommended length is at least twice that of the rod. Using a Nawak connected to the tip indicator makes it easier to connect the tip to the indicator.


For nymph line fishing, it’s important to carry coloured Competition Grease. Once placed on the indicator or leader, it will allow you to see your indicator whatever the light conditions. It can be used on a leader with a classic knot or rat tail to change from dry to nymph fishing without having to change your entire leader.


Easy to place and remove, the Biostrike Loon is a highly visible floating lure. It’s an ideal ally for fast rivers or rivers with varied profiles. It is placed on the indicator just above the Nawak when it is difficult to see. Shaped like a ball and placed on the leader, it makes it easy to switch between dry and nymph fishing. Its high buoyancy and visibility means it can be fished from a distance, making it ideal for tandem fishing. This floating paste can also be used in reservoirs in the same way as an indicator fly.


The self-adhesive foam indicator is used in rivers in areas with strong currents and smooth surfaces as a “plug”. However, it is best used in reservoirs. Placed on a rat’s tail, the floating foam makes it easy to change depth by sliding it over the leader. This makes it easier to spot the depth at which the fish are moving.

The junction

Last but not least is the coloured silk junction. It is interesting because it provides better visibility and lift for the tip of the line, particularly for nymph fishing with silk in rivers known as “Czech fishing”, drowned fishing and nymph fishing from a distance in the style of Eastern Europe. It can also be used in reservoirs for chiros and silk nymph fishing. The addition of Competition Grease will make it even more visible and buoyant.

By Julien Lorquet Competitor and member of the Belgian national fly fishing team

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