Originally Posted by REW
What type fishing line are you using the bobber stops on?
If you are using braid - good luck using bobber stops. Tough to not have bobber stops slide on braided line.
If using mono, should not be a problem.
I have tied my own bobber stops for years. I use fly line and have 0 issues with the bobber stops sliding. I stop over to the local convenience store and pick up a handful of coffee stir sticks with the permission of the convenience store owner and use the stir sticks as a typing stick to tie up the bobber stop knots. Easy to tie up 50 or 100 stops over the course of a TV show.
Then, I just bag the bobber stops up in plastic bags with a reasonable number of stops in each bag.
Bobber stops are really nothing more than a nail knot that is tied on a tube.
Also, as REW said, I use the smallest bead with as small a hole (if you trim your bobber stop too close to the knot, some beads will slip over stop knot). I use to trim my knots real close, but now I leave a little tag for tightening knot if it starts to slip (I never have the tag ends interfere with line management on the spool). I only use mono to bobber fish. Thill Pro Series bobber w/metal grommet (the wide, metal grommet hole allows the bobber to slide w/no friction on the line which helps eliminate line twist issues down the road IMO).