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Dave E. Hall

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New to me I saw this on the Salmon River the other day, I don't think you really need to use a float to swing with a 2hander. I thought I was seeing things, I hadn't had a drink all day. And these young guys were hooking Steelhead!
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Many anglers use an indicator with a two hander. This is a common method on rivers where there is a lot of nymphing.
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Yes I guess I'm still learning some new swings. I landed a nice wild 29" the day before on a swing, it goes with the saying " Everybody suit them selves that's what the old lady said when she kissed the cow".[smile]
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Please don't call them BOBBERS  Strike indicators man, "strike indicators."
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Blake they are BOBBERS........just like for little children to learn how to fish but then once they know what a strike is they move on....most of them anyways[rolleyes]
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I like fishing with bobbers, red and white ones, just not for steelhead.
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I can go way back with bobbers. Before the days of red & white plastic, cork was the thing. About the same sizes as the plastics, sans spring loaded button. Cane poles, Uncle Remus, zipity doo da. ROF LMAOFF Of course, most of you guys got cheated out of that, along with Brer Rabbit & the Tar Baby, in the name of political correctness. Hey, like the name of the post says, "bobbers" with a two hander. One particular model is even named a bobbercator.

Indicators? Yeah, I've used them, on a 7' 3wt, with a size 16 bead head nymph, one split shot (about the size of bird shot) the indicator was greased yarn & the quarry was stocked trout. I've seen bigger creeks than the West Fork of the San Gabrial river. It was deadly. I still laugh when I recout that day when a group of kids watched from the bridge as I caught & released fish after fish out of that one spot. (probably the same five or six fish, multiple times, but those kids didn't know that)

When I first moved to the Rogue Valley, I used to get really pissed at the nymph guys because they wouldn't step down through a run like us swing guys. To me, they were a nuisance, an unmovable road block, camped on the bucket! It took me a few years to come to terms with that. Now, when I encounter them, I just ask politely, if they are not planning on moving, would they mind if I fish down through the run below them. :-)

Although to me, it's sacrilege to put that kind of stuff on a two hand rod, but if that's what floats your boat, go ahead. Just don't get too upset if I barf at the sight. LOL
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Ok.

Strike Indicator.  Strike Indicator.

Not swinging.  Not swinging.

Fair then?
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I don't think I could even see a bobber/strike indicator I would always take the hit by feel or with a dry on the surface for my catch. Any like poppy says fish how you want, I just have never seen this done on Steelhead before. You learn something every day. Cheers to good fishing, and life in general.
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If it's 25 cents it's a "bobber"
If it's a buck and a half you have to call it a "strike Indicator"
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1 Corinthians 13:11


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1 Corinthians 13:11



Very appropriate. Well done!  [smile]
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1 Corinthians 13:11



Exactly!!
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Nymphing with a 2 handed rod is awesome.  You can cast big heavily weighted multi nymph rigs a mile and with the right line (Rio Switch line for example) do huge monster mends and easily get 100 foot drifts.  High sticking pockets is also nicer with the length of a 2 handed rod. 

Dont get me wrong I love swinging for steel and getting the tug as much as anyone here but the fact is that nymphing will out-fish swinging. 

At the end of the day I want to catch fish so if on the last day of a steelhead trip I havent been hooked up then I will bust out the 8 wt switch rod nymph rig and usually get one. 

Biggest fish I ever caught was on the Clearwater, nymphing with a switch rod and "BOBBER" near the Greer bridge as I was limping home to Boise on a Sunday afternoon after being totally skunked swinging Friday and Saturday. 
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Float fishing with a spinning outfit is a whole heck of a lot easier than trying to lob all that s**t on a fly rod, and then having to do all those stack mends. On a center pin rig is when it is truly awesome! [biggrin]
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