Thinamabobbers kind of suck. What's better?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by JesseC, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. ribka Active Member

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    Harry Murray indicators.Just a sleeve on your leader. Fished these for smallmouth in the 90's. Work great for steelhead and the thill ice fishing balsa for larger nymphs.
  2. flyfx David Spratt

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    I will try your leaders, I have bookmarked you blog. thanks! I have never used one so I am excited to see how they act. Happy New Year.
  3. chixnribs New Member

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    I swiped this from Kiene's site. Might be helpful.

    Insta-Set Indicators have again been selected as one of the best new fly fishing gear accessories for 2011. Earlier this year they were selected by Field & Stream Magazine as the best fly fishing accessory of the year and featured it in their "Best Of The Best" issue. I am also happy to announce that Fly Fisherman magazine has selected Insta-Set Indicators as the most versatile strike indicator in their annual Gear issue that is on the news stands now.

    If you don't already stock Insta-Set now is the time to do so as your customers are sure to be asking
    about them. They are available from most of the wholesale distributors. For more information about
    their unique features log on to

    http://california-flyfishing.com/instaset.htm.
  4. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    It's pretty dam clear by the number of responses that this forum is not made up of a bunch of panty-waist dry fly purists. There's no way this post gets 7 pages on an east coast forum ;)

    This also speaks to the fact that you subscribe to the rule that fish feed subsurface 90+ % of the time. Still, don't you feel just a little bit dirty doing so?
  5. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    maybe so, but this is 7 pages of whats the latest gimmick i can buy, not 7 pages of how can i nymph better. i guess thats another thread. now, how bout we take a lesson from the kiwis, and grab some wool off a fence, and work on the "game" then maybe no one will make fun of nymphing.
  6. JesseC Active Member

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    I love catching fish on a bobber. I have since I was 7. Those who don't are missing out in MY opinion.
  7. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    I need to start pinching my barbs, you guys are way too easy to hook.
  8. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    its funny how a thread like this can show what has become of a once noble pursuit. and that pursuit did include nymphing, long before anyone heard of a thingamagimmick. maybe someone is interested in removing the training wheels, and nymphing sans bobber?
  9. Johnvl New Member

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    Jesse, I made the oblong balloons that we discussed to go on the valved, Skru-on post. I posted a picture on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/Skru.it1 of them blown up to different sizes. Check them out and let me know what you think and make suggestions. I will tweak if neccessary and send them to you to try. Maybe we are on to something....

    John
  10. Johnvl New Member

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    Jesse, sorry, when you go to www.facebook.com/Skru.it1 it goes to my personal page. When you get there look on the left margin and click on the DEPTH SKRU link under PAGES and it will go to our "bobber" page wall
  11. landlocked New Member

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    My buddy distributes these slip strike indicators here in Utah...I haven't used anything but these now for 2 years. Had same frustration with Thingamabobbers. The only downside of these is when you are using very small flies. But for lakes or streams, this is what I carry now.



    I think there are several western distributers or more for these. If you can't find them, send me a message and I'll send you his email.

    EDIT-wholly crap this thing is 8-pages long! Didn't see that up front, and apologies if this is a re-run on slip strikes (which I'm sure it is now). But I'm not going to read all of it, because when you bash bobbers you are bashing the United States of America!
  12. Johnvl New Member

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  13. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I started using the slip bobbers shown two posts above. Blue sent some along with her flies in the blooded midge swap. Better than the thingamabobber in my opinion.
  14. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I was using a balloon as a bobber once and I caught a small RB. His teeth left imprints in the Balloon. Enough said
  15. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    I just tried these a few days ago. They do seem to kink the line and don't seem like they would work with furled leaders. http://california-flyfishing.com/instaset.htm
  16. Blue Active Member

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    Thanks for the report. I have been looking at those, but I will pass. I have several sizes of the slip indicators. They are the same ones Rowley and Chan use.
  17. Golden Trout Active Member

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    I have some sample Sku-it floats that I have not used. They seem to be the color shades that mimic thingemabobers which are difficult to see by those of us who are visually challenged and over 60. Until the Sku-it prove to be better I live with Roley Quic release floats that are easy to see except in "gray light" which is very tough for any float.
  18. Blue Active Member

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    I have always thought BLACK would be a good color on brite days with a lot of clouds. I like the Orange, and Pink in the slip dicators
  19. gearhead Active Member

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    Go to walmart, buy the smallest white and red bobbers you can find, and use them...i kinda got tired of the LL Bean models on the north shore lake L, with all their snobbiness. On my second trip i would plop one of those on the water, i would get a look like i just stole their dog, i'd simply say hows mine different than yours.:)
  20. Joe Goodfellow Active Member

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    i like fish pimps get them on flyshack