The neon wax sighter is an innovative product that was made out of pure necessity. It helped us quickly solve a few small challenges we encountered while euro nymphing and improved our hooking percentage.
The original idea behind the wax is: During euro nymphing, you usually try to keep full contact (no slack tippet or leader) with your fly as long as possible, in other words, you are trying to keep your rig tight/straight. The wax is meant to be a marking on your leader that helps you assess how deep your fly is in the water column.
If you try to follow the diverse river bottom with your fly, the markings that are placed on the leader and are seen out of the water can be useful sighters/indicators that will help you navigate how much you have to lower or raise your fishing rod according to the depth of the water to keep your fly inside the fish zone more or less non-stop.
We heard about many innovative ways how anglers use it while fishing and hope at least some of you will find it useful.
How to: approximately assess the depth of the water you are planning to fish in. Measure the length of your tippet, you can even try to match it to the depth of the water. Knot your tippet with your euro nymphing leader. Make one on more short (a few centimeters or an inch long) markings on the leader and approximately assess how far apart they are. By knowing the measurements of your markings you can easily know where in the water column your fly is and if you are holding it at the right depth where the fish are. If you don’t have a bite, there are a few options you can do to quickly adjust. One option is that you didn’t reach the correct depth, change it – let the fly sink lower. If you have a strong feeling you are on the right depth, then maybe your chosen fly pattern isn’t effective at that specific moment (too big/small, wrong body-color, wrong weight, wrong tungsten bead color… change the fly. Competitions: the wax doesn’t add weight to your rig and doesn’t improve the buoyancy of the leader and follows all FIPS rules.