Where to buy latex balloons for indicators?

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  1. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    My buddy uses the grenade water balloons and I loves them. I personally don't like using them but they are pretty covert
     
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    If we're lucky someone might start marketing overpriced balloons to the fly fishing crowd!! $1 per balloon, they'll be all the rage.
     
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    $1? We're talking fly fishing here brosef.... $3.99 minimum. They would also have to come out with a sick logo and awesome hastag. #balloonsarenotdead
     
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  4. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    At 971 posts, you're old enough to know where this thread was heading. Latex is simply an aphrodisiac to WFF members. I've never used a balloon as an indicator... that's what Thingamabobber's are for... for Pete's sake.
     
  5. sleestak240

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    This was tried about 5 or 6 years ago, maybe they are still out there. It was a bag of around 10 balloons I believe with some rubber o-rings. Saw them in a few shops.
     
  6. msteudel

    msteudel Mark Steudel

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    I just wanted to try them out for myself. When I was fishing down on the Bighorn river, lots of guides I talked to swore that balloons were a lot more sensitive to subtle takes than thingmabobbers. I fished a whole day down there with them, and caught a lot of fish ...
     
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    Rubber's. It's like wearing socks to bed.
     
  8. Alexander

    Alexander Fishon

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    Do you secure them just like thingamabobbers?
     
  9. msteudel

    msteudel Mark Steudel

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    If I remember you just use an overhand knot.
     
  10. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    You can get a buck (or beer sometimes) out of a single balloon, on the S fork of that Idaho river in spring..
     
  11. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Well, unlike Thingamabobber's... balloons are merely a passing fad ;). And, I'm guessing you would have caught as many fish, at that fish factory, with the myriad of floats we call "indicators".
     
  12. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Trojan is a solid name in latex. Stay away from the textured ones. Added weight lessen its sensitivity.​
    the ribbed ones have to much surface area to mantain a drag free drift
     
  13. msteudel

    msteudel Mark Steudel

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    Yeah the other days I used thingamabobbers and caught plenty. And really, it's impossible to do any scientific research into it on the river. But I still want to try it for myself on my own rivers at my own pace.
     
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    you gotta be kidding right.....to post this on a fly fishing site....
     
  15. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    I used to use balloons made of finger cots when I lived in Florida. We would lip rig us up some live mullet baitfish, tie on a finger cot balloon anywhere from 1-3 feet up from the bait and lob that sucker out into the coves and estuaries. Let that little mullet swim around. The balloons would show when the redfish were moving in because it would be darting all over the place. Don't set the hook until you hear the balloon pop!