Save a packet
Tackle-shop shelves are stacked with different indicators – putty, yarn, Thingamabobbers – but you can save a few quid by making your own. The slinky is a coiled length of brightly coloured nylon connecting tippet and leader, used by French nymphers: the coils widen when a fish takes. Take a 24in length of 10lb mono and tie a neat perfection loop at each end. Secure one end to the middle of a thick nail or biro tube with a narrow wrap of duct tape. Then make 30 wraps of the mono in touching turns around the nail/tube. Secure the other end with tape. Boil the nail/tube in a pan for five minutes – ensure the mono doesn’t touch the pan or it will melt. Put the nail/tube in a freezer overnight for the coils to set. Dry for 24 hours.