- Each indicator consists of two foam balls, one with a square peg and the other with a hole, plus a rubber connector.
- Push the two foam balls together with the top slots aligned. This gives you the finished shape of the indicator
- Fix the connector into the slot at one end of the indicator, pull it across the top slot and fit into the slot on the other side.
- With the two halves of the indicator connected, place your leader into the aligned slot running along the top.
- Pull the indicator apart and rotate one of the balls for a full turn. This spins the leader around the rubber connector.
- When the two halves are brought back together the indicator is locked firmly on the leader.
Jerk Alert strike indicators
These new strike indicators just might be one of the easiest to use and most secure that I’ve seen. Each indicator consists of two hard fluorescent coloured foam balls, one of which has a square section attached to it.
This square section simply pushes into the corresponding square cut-out hole on the other ball. This gives you the finished shape of the indicator.
You then take the bone-shaped rubber connector, and fit it into the slot at one end of the indicator, pull it through the middle of both and fix it into the slot on the other side. The two balls can now be pulled slightly apart but are held together by this rubber connector.
If you’ve connected them correctly you will see a slot running along the top of both foam balls. Place your leader in this slot, pull the two halves of the indicator apart and rotate one of the balls for a full turn, before locking back together.
This spins the leader around the rubber band and as the two balls are brought back together the indicator is locked firmly around the leader. The indicator will not move along the leader, nor will it fly off on the cast, no matter how often you thrash the line.
If you want to reset the depth, either shallower or deeper, you just reverse the process by untwisting the indicator, sliding it along the leader to the desired position and then retwist. This is more easily done on a wet leader than a dry one.
When locking the leader in place don’t be tempted to put in lots of turns, as one full turn is usually more than sufficient.
If you are using a very fine diameter leader material then maybe two, or a maximum of three, turns would be needed. Initially I wasn’t convinced by the colour of the indicators (orange and yellow), which look quite muted.
However they are actually made from a fluorescent foam and when they are on the water they do stand out very well. The indicators come in two sizes: small are 18mm x 9mm and the medium 21mm x 11mm.
You get four indicators in each pack and six rubber connectors. There is a handy video on http://skipsoriginals.com if you want a refresher in how to use them.
VERDICT: I really like these indicators as they are reusable, easy to reposition and cause no leader damage. You can use two together if you want even more buoyancy and once you are familiar with the connection process they are easy to use.