I am not saying there is anything wrong with bobber fishing, I do it myself (as little as possible) nymphing for trout but I personally seem to be offended with this applied to steelhead. In the first place when we use bobbers, whether foam, balloons, whatever we r BOBBER fishing. That is fine but it is not flyfishing just as using a weighted bobber with a fly and spinning reel is not flyfishing. As I said I only seem to have a problem when this is applied to steelhead, not sure why but there it is. If you want to flyfish for steelhead u should do that, if u want to bobber fish then just use the proper reel and line and call it what it is, bobber fishing. Let's face it the reason people fish bobbers for steelhead withflyrods is because they don't have actually use any skill , just lob the bobber out there any way u can and wait for the fish and bobber to do all the work. It is a seductive method as it makes so easy to get a fish. Back when I guided (drift fisherman) long before flostfishing with bobbers was popular I would routinely rig a bobber setup for wives, kids and girlfriends ...cause it takes almost no fishing skill compared to other methods. Again I realize I am hopping on the elitist wagon here and I am not one but I honestly can't help being a little upset when I see bobber fisherman on the NF stilly... If u want to bobber fish head for reiter. When I began flyfishing steelhead , on the stilly in the early seventies, it was a huge personal triumph to stop tossing eggs at summer runs and fly fish them even though all my trout fishing for trout had be ff for quite a while. I am not really saying anyone is doing anything wrong just that I don't like to see it used on steelhead. I also don't try to fool myself when using a float on trout...I know I am bobber fishing not flyfishing. I gues it is the same argument that a crossbow is not bowhunting. Sorry had to get that off my chest
Don't turn this thread in to what every other thread about nymphing turns in to. Jesse started this thread for advice about indicators... If you have nothing to contribute to his question, then keep it to yourself. If you want to debate it, start your own thread. I don't care if it's fly fishing or not; when I do it, I enjoy it.