Gwizdz’s Gadgets and Gear: Bobbers

It’s steelhead time and the top technique these days is fishing with bobbers.

Virtually everyone, however, doctors their bobbers for the task.

Almost all steelheaders remove the spring from the descender on their vertical bobbers, replacing it with a piece of rubber tubing to hold the line in place. Some even put another piece of tubing on the ascender and run the line through both pieces of tubing. The spring just adds another friction point to chafe the line — not a good idea when dealing with large, strong fish on low-test line.

Personally, I like Thill floats; they’re brightly colored — so you can see them on long drifts — and are extremely bouyant. They hold up well over time, too. — Bob Gwizdz

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