Learning how and when to mend the fly line was tricky, at best. But perhaps the most frustrating part of the process was dealing with unreliable strike indicators that were either not responsive enough, or easily waterlogged.
Then, Alex discovered Thingamabobbers. I was skeptical about these indicators' revolutionary claims, but Alex is as passionate about the sport as anyone I've met. So when he gets excited about a new fly-fishing product, I know it must be something good.
Turns out, they're simple. Thanks to innovative trapped-air technology, Thingamabobbers are super-lightweight and sensitive to the subtlest strikes. They maintain buoyancy, even in fast water and with weighted flies.
And they're reusable. To attach, just pinch the leader together and slip it through the eyelet. Then loop it over the balloon. So changing sizes or colors to fit various water and light conditions is easy.
With strike indicator hassle out of the picture, I was able to concentrate on avoiding drag, which was easier to judge with such a responsive high-visibility indicator. A few subtle strikes later, I was sold.
On my first outing with Thingamabobbers, I landed a couple rainbows on the Big Thompson River. Using any other indicator, I easily could have missed the opportunity to set the hook on such delicate strikes.
Fishing the South Platte River a few months later, my belief in the value of Thingamabobbers was renewed when I reeled in a couple healthy, smart browns in some of the trickiest water I've fished to date.
Now, if only I can find a way to out-fish my husband.
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