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  1. Default Let me tell you about my Thingy-ma-bobber

    In my short time (2 years) of fly fishing I have never found an indicator system that I was comfortable with using! I have tried many as there are many on the market and each has had some downfall that make me eventually just nymph without an indicator......until now!

    I found an indicator called the Thingy-ma-bobber that is just a small (3 sizes) soft plastic bubble with an eyelet attached. They are pliable, yet durable enough that I don't think they will pop, come in different colors, are VERY bouyant, and won't lose that bouyancy. (sp?)

    Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know. What type of indicators do you all prefer when you are nymphing and why?

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    Thill. Period.
    I did the same thing trying all the different sticky ones, the rubber band ones, the frog hair types, the styrofoam and yarn ones. I love the egg shaped Thill. It has a little wooden pick you stick in when you want to keep it where it is on the leader. I've had no trouble with it. All the rest seem to be a pain in the @ss! Some fly off on my back cast, some are a pain when the temps are below freezing and the sticky ones are just a mess. You can't reposition them and they leave behind a nasty residue on the leader. I have no idea what a Thingy-ma-bobber is but I'll look it up.

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    Hi Snaggy,

    Here is what the Thingamabobber indicator looks like. They are easy to attach and adjust. Comes in three sizes.

    Frank

    Thingamabobber Strike Indicator (Cabela's)

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    Thanks for the pic. I couldn't find it online.

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    Dorian

    I used to use primarily yarn indicators, but switched to the Thingamabobber this last spring as it seems to have a lot less wind resistance (and I need all the help I can in this Wyoming wind).

    Larry

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    Default Re: Let me tell you about my Thingy-ma-bobber

    I just picked up some 'Thingamabobbers' myself ......at an Orvis shop I believe. I like them a lot and that's a good thing. I've always dreaded nymphing due to the aggravation of strike indicators and split shot. These 'things' make the former easier to deal with. Once I get over the mental block of fly fishing with lead attached to my tippet, I'll be set! Though I'll always drift and swing a soft-hackle as first choice!

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    Boy am I glad Dorian did not post any pics of his "Thingamabobber"!!!, this thread would have needed some serious editing/censorship. lol

    My wife has started using them, I'm still stuck on the ol'yarn indicator.

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    how do you put the thingamabobber on your line. i can only think to run the line through it and then through it once again. but if did it that way wouldn't the bobber kink up your tippet? just curious as to how that all works? I just use the ones that have a toothpick and also the football shapped ones with the rubber in middle and then I use these drift indicators with a lil sleeve you slide over your line onto a stick and those tellsyou if your drift is natural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fyshstykr View Post
    My wife has started using them, I'm still stuck on the ol'yarn indicator.
    I simply hate to use a indicator!!! Only yarn for this guy.... and that's rare!

    Nobody needs a indicator!! Just put the proper weight on your fly and catch a lot of fish.

    A indicator should be a big dry fly!!!! IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeMcFly View Post
    how do you put the thingamabobber on your line. i can only think to run the line through it and then through it once again. but if did it that way wouldn't the bobber kink up your tippet? just curious as to how that all works? I just use the ones that have a toothpick and also the football shapped ones with the rubber in middle and then I use these drift indicators with a lil sleeve you slide over your line onto a stick and those tellsyou if your drift is natural.


    Hi McFly,
    All you need to do is find the spot where you want your indicator to be, fold your leader, insert thrue the hole, pull loop over the top of the indicator and snug it up.
    It will kink your leader a bit, but all you need to do is use the warmth of your hand to straighten back up.

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