Thinamabobbers kind of suck. What's better?

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

  1. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,851
    Likes Received:
    248
    Location:
    Ferndale/Winthrop
    I used to use the Frog Hair bobbers exclusively, and in my drift boat or pontoon, that works fine as I have two rods, one for nymphing and one for dry flies. If you are hiking with one rod, the frog hair requires too much work to switch from nymphs to drys for me. Otherwise, they work fine. Rick
     
  2. sroffe

    sroffe Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2007
    Messages:
    527
    Likes Received:
    49
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Balsa floats work great on a CP out fit. Just saying...
     
  3. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2004
    Messages:
    3,223
    Likes Received:
    112
    Location:
    Eagle River, Alaska
    maybe use a centerpin float?
     
  4. rory

    rory Go Outside

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    639
    Likes Received:
    298
    Location:
    Maple Leaf, WA
    Home Page:
    A dry fly.
     
  5. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2007
    Messages:
    6,592
    Likes Received:
    1,976
    Location:
    Duvall, wa
    Home Page:
    We get it dude. You hate nymphing.
     
  6. generic

    generic Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2010
    Messages:
    3,572
    Likes Received:
    921
    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:
     
  7. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,615
    Likes Received:
    539
    Location:
    Seattle, Wa
    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.
     
  8. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Messages:
    2,892
    Likes Received:
    1,252
    Location:
    Snoqualmie, WA
    Home Page:
    Oh, was this thread about nymphing for steelhead, or for trout?
     
  9. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2006
    Messages:
    5,883
    Likes Received:
    1,515
    Location:
    Edgewood, WA
    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:
     
  10. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2008
    Messages:
    17,947
    Likes Received:
    2,251
    Location:
    Kitsap Peninsula
    A really big dry fly then. Dry flies are nothing more than indicators anyway.
     
  11. Tracy Lauricella

    Tracy Lauricella Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2009
    Messages:
    323
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    Lakewood, WA
    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.
     
  12. JE

    JE Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2005
    Messages:
    345
    Likes Received:
    105
    Location:
    Great NW
    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...
     
  13. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2007
    Messages:
    6,592
    Likes Received:
    1,976
    Location:
    Duvall, wa
    Home Page:
    I may have misinterpreted this comment. I apologize if this is the case.
     
  14. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Messages:
    2,892
    Likes Received:
    1,252
    Location:
    Snoqualmie, WA
    Home Page:
    Mumbles, when you see the fly disappear, it's an indication that a fish took it. :rofl:
     
  15. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2008
    Messages:
    17,947
    Likes Received:
    2,251
    Location:
    Kitsap Peninsula
    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!