I'm not much of a bobber fisherman. That kind of fishing was unknown when I started out.
My grandfather taught me to fish when I was a "kneehigh" and he fished really old school with whippy cane rod and a "cast" of wet flies.
Dancing them down the stream. It's a deadly way to fish if you do it right.
All things equal, I'd just as soon fish on top all the time. I know that's not always feasible but it's the most fun.