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Amnesia Indicator Bumps

by Loren

Hey folks,

Like many people out there, I spent a fair amount of time trying to convince myself that Amnesia would make a good line for a tenkara rod. The stuff's got amazing visibility. But it doesn't matter what you do, overline it, underline it, furl it- it just casts terribly. Many of us have taken to putting a short (6") segment of amnesia on the end of our lines, and that's a pretty tremendous help, but I accidentally ran across something the other day that's even better.

You can make amnesia strike indicators with absolutely minimal "bump" on the line. Just find the finest diameter amnesia you can, nail knot it where you want on your line, and add a drop of your favorite super glue. I have started putting three of these at the end of my line, about a foot apart. It works on level or tapered lines, doesn't seem to affect the casting, and really increases your strike detection on deep wet flies!

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May 20, 2012
by: TenkaraBum

That is a great idea. I just got in some Amnesia (not even on the site yet) but it is the 15# test, which is the smallest my wholesale supplier carries. I'll try some of it, which will make larger knots, but you might be right about needing the 6 or 8 pound stuff.

I've long thought that the knots in a hand tied line were good reference points, and thus an advantage. Hi-Vis knots would be even better.

Dec 25, 2012
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by: RSAnderson

Interested in your idea. Can you provide more details?
1. What is diameter of the Amnesia? I have #15. Does it come smaller?
2. When you you say "three of these" do you mean 3 separate 6 inch lengths of Amnesia or 3 separate drops of glue? I assume 3 separate lengths of Amnesia.
3. What separates these three lengths of Amnesia? I assume it is mono or fluor, either level or tapered.
4. Is entire entire length of this "rig" 3 1/2 feet long (a total of 18 inches of Amnesia and 2 feet of regular line)? Is it added to the distal end of the leader that is attached at its other end to the ilium of the Tenkara rod.
5. Have you tried "painting" the fluoro sections with black marker to make a "tiger stripe" pattern? Would that improve visability?

Nov 28, 2014
by: Colin

Sorry,but I don't get it?? Is this Amnesia line to be added to the "regular" line like you would a hand tied tapered leader does or is it tied and glued to the side of the line in short parallel sections. I guess I just need a picture.

Nov 28, 2014
It's just a knot around the line
by: Chris Stewart


Do a Google search for "bobber stopper knot." Instead of cord, use Amnesia. It will create a very visible "bump" on your line.

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