Listen to the guide
Was watching "Fly Fishing the World'' this evening, they were fishing the Upper Missouri this spring with the high runoff. The fellow was using an 11' switch rod, long leader and heavy nymph with a small balloon for an indicator. With a sizable fish on, the guide told him to go ahead and reel the leader in to because the balloon would pop. What popped was the rod tip. That's why I rig my indicators like a slip float instead of fixed.
Sometimes the other ones go away, but I'm always right here.