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Old 05-24-2017, 11:21 AM
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Default Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

Here are a couple tricks for those fly fishermen that like the Thingamabobber for nymph fishing, but hate how it kinks your leader and the adjustably:


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Default Re: Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

I used to use them, have switched to airlocks. Much easier, no kink, and for some reason they seem to fly better.

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Default Re: Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

All you have to do is straighten the leader....just like your dry fly leader....
I don't recommend using a leader straightener...I prefer to feel how much heat I'm applying. If you use the "bobber stops" and no kinky.....

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Default Re: Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

Don't even think about these with a 2hander. These are a single hander 'chuck and duck' but they work.

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Default Re: Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

Fred, if you come down this way I'll show you how a big stick works with the bobber thing.
Works like a charm......with some practice. A 15ft leader and 4-5 AAAs suck on a short stick.
Industrial nymphing is what I call it......taking the game to the fish.
The best part for me, is fishing water that most can't.....and touching fish that don't see as much contact.

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Default Re: Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

Yes, I use them but not all the time. On the stream or river I am constantly changing up my game between indicators, tight line, and swinging soft hackles and streamers. I prefer Thingamabobbers to Airlocks because I don't have to worry about losing the screw top during one of my many changeups.
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Default Re: Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

I keep the kink, until I reset my bobber though...lets me measure accurately on depth changes.....the closer I get to the bottom, the smaller my adjustment.
"Sneaking up on the bottom."
I find all the colors helpful for clients...we don't all see the same colors or in the different lights..
The all-black ones work well in glare....and all the different sizes play a role in a perfect drift. I use the extrsmall for near zero wt or a single bead head...
all the way up to a "drift buoy" when fishing 5 AAAs on big water.
I've grown to loath the pegging the bobber though...just seemed another issue to me. And I have enough of those!!

The airlock work well too, but in smaller quiet water they land a little harder as they have more mass. Not a problem in big noisy water...

And Bloo...the trick for me, was to carry matching rods....one set for the swing, and the other set-up to indy/dry. Less rigging and more fishin'

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Default Re: Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

I use the new zealand wool strike indicators. But i'd prefer czech nymping any day to a strike indicator when possible.
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Default Re: Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

I tried the uni knot with the fly line but it didn't hold on a tapered leader. It gets stretched out on the fat part of the leader and then slips on the thin part. I just started trying this stretchy cord for making bracelets and it seems to work with the uni knot. I've gone about 4 times with the same rig and it's still holding. That thingamastopper might work though.


https://www.amazon.com/Stretch-Magic...+stretch+magic

Also I've been using round indicators that come with a rubber band. I use the uni stopper on either side of the float. I think it handles a little better than the thingamabobber because it's centered on the line. Also you can use it as it's designed with the rubber band and I think that works better than the thingamabobber, it holds better.

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I tried the airlock but it was too heavy for me. And too easy to lose that screw.
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Default Re: Do You Nymph Fish Using a Thingamabobber?

I use thingamabobbers all the time....but I rig it differently.
I take a braces rubber band, and push it through the hole and then a simple over under wrap...or loop through one end.
To put in on the line, three times through the loop and you are good to go. It adjusts easily and leaves no kinks. Plus, it never slips. Both my kids had braces and the rubber bands are really durable and cheap.
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https://www.joeshaferflyfishing.com/...indicator-rig/
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