Thinamabobbers kind of suck. What's better?

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  1. generic

    generic Active Member

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    After going 1 for 7 on the "Thingasucks", I went back to the "feel" method and starting getting more fish again. I guess everyone's different. I started back in the 80's by going off of the feel technique, tried a bobber, went back to feel. The nice thing about the feel method is that you have to have most, if not all, the slack out of your line. That makes the hookups quicker because of the lack of slack. It's a little more difficult, but once you get it down it's very effective.

    Also, you don't have to keep adjusting the placement of your bobber to find where the fish are. You can do that from one cast to another by simply "over-mending/under-mending" your line.

    Then again, it could be just that I really suck at using a bobber. :hmmm:
     
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    No one that's been, or has not been, working on a hobby or task for a total of 15 minutes has any idea what they're talking about.
     
  3. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Oh, was this thread about nymphing for steelhead, or for trout?
     
  4. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Jesse,
    Give these a try.

    https://catalog.theflyshop.com/product_info.php?products_id=1485

    Jim Pettit, guide for the Fly Shop turned me on to these some years ago while we were fishing the lower Sacramento. I still use them when fishing deep, moving water. For sure they let you know if your line is drag fee.

    To be honest though, I seem to do as well with poly-yarn fluffs or Thingamabobbers, And TB's last all damn day and never need drying and re-doping :cool:
     
  5. Ed Call

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    A really big dry fly then. Dry flies are nothing more than indicators anyway.
     
  6. Tracy Lauricella

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    I like these for chironomid fishing in lakes, since the quick release feature is useful when trying to land a fish using a leader longer than the rod: http://www.flycraftangling.com/index.asp?p=163

    I have only used the round ones though. I wonder if the tapered ones would give the kind of "off vertical" indication you're looking for in moving water.
     
  7. JE

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    I like using dry flies like a bushy stimi or Madame X as an indicator too, a small Adams also works great for little stuff and surface filmers. They can't handle big nymphs / jigs though...
     
  8. Evan Burck

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    I may have misinterpreted this comment. I apologize if this is the case.
     
  9. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Mumbles, when you see the fly disappear, it's an indication that a fish took it. :rofl:
     
  10. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Is that why you kept screaming "set it, set it, set the hook, set the hook, hit it, hit is, would you freaking pay attention already"? I thought that was an odd string of chatter, is that what you meant? You damn near went hoarse saying that or some sassy variation about a hundred times that trip!
     
  11. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    He's not the only one.
     
  12. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Must have been the howling wind, I don't yell on the river. :)
     
  13. Ed Call

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    Yeah, that was me when I was rowing you! hehe
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Make your own yarnies with a tiny tubefly tube inside for the vertical. Peg it on the lower end at your desired depth, this will allow your jig to drift true, and will show if your dragging or not. Solved.
     
  16. JesseC

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    Can you make me some? As a disabled blind fisherman I am unable to do so myself. Thank you for your kindness.
     
  17. Ed Call

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    Bull crap, you are lazy. Tie your yarnie indicators as freaking big as you wish to float a damn anchor if that suits your fancy. The longer you leave the tube shaft, the more it will react like those long skinny "steelhead stalker" type gear floats. You have a tube fly tool or needle to tie them, right?
     
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    the end of your brightly colored fly line
     
  19. Steve Vaughn

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    Jesse - I like the Thingamasucks for the most part but the "feel" method is probably the most versatile. The latter does take practice but once you get it, it works great. Anyway, for the vertical indication issue you mentioned, I'm thinking that if you were to use a permanent marker on the float you would get a visual indication of its orientation. Just a thought.
     
  20. freestoneangler

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    The "tenkara" of nymph fishing... and certainly fixes your issue as to which indicator to use :ray1: