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Old 03-20-2017, 08:12 AM
Balzy Balzy is offline
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When I purchased bobber stops quite a few years ago the stops never moved when you reeled in a fish and now they slip all the time. It seems the material they used back then worked a lot better compaired to what their using today. Does anyone know why they changed and what the old material was made of?
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:32 AM
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I have no idea... but are all of your other factors, such as your line type and size the same?
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:42 AM
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Balzy,
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.

https://www.amazon.com/SF-Braided-Fi...35AQVJF63YZGXA

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.

Good luck

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Old 03-20-2017, 09:18 AM
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What sized bead are you using?
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Balzy,
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.

https://www.amazon.com/SF-Braided-Fi...35AQVJF63YZGXA

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.

Good luck
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:20 AM
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I have a MUCH easier way to tie a bobber stop on your mono line . . . you listening Roger (REW)

Get a bunch of skinny rubber bands and cut them in two. Tie the rubber band on the line nice and tight with just one overhand knot, then trim off the tails nice and close with nail clippers...... DONE ! ! !

To move said bobber stop just squeeze with your fingers and slide the knot where you want it.

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Old 03-20-2017, 09:20 AM
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What sized beads are you using?
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:40 AM
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Bobby,
I am glad that that method works for you.

I have tried the method in past years, but was never happy with the performance.

Nothing wrong with the knot and material if you like it - it simply did not appeal to me.

As with any thing, we are all set in our ways.

Take care
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:42 AM
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Bobby,
I am glad that that method works for you.

I have tried the method in past years, but was never happy with the performance.

Nothing wrong with the knot and material if you like it - it simply did not appeal to me.

As with any thing, we are all set in our ways.

Take care

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With respect to the question about the size of beads used with the bobber stop, my answer is simply the smallest one that is in my bead box. The bead only needs to be large enough to prevent the line from slipping through the hole in the top of the slip bobber.

If I happen to be using a slip bobber that incorporates a top hole the same size as the hole in the smallest beads that I would normally use, I use no bead at all. The bobber takes care of the issue of having the knot slip through the bobber.

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Old 03-20-2017, 11:51 AM
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I'll pitch in with my technique. Waxed dental floss (get cinnamon it is red). Double up a few inches, tie a simple uni knot over your line, pull the ends snug. Sticks well even on braid, easy to move if you want to. Leave the ends long enough to pull on if you need to tighten up later in the day.
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Bobby,
I am glad that that method works for you.

I have tried the method in past years, but was never happy with the performance.

Nothing wrong with the knot and material if you like it - it simply did not appeal to me.

As with any thing, we are all set in our ways.

Take care

p.s.
With respect to the question about the size of beads used with the bobber stop, my answer is simply the smallest one that is in my bead box. The bead only needs to be large enough to prevent the line from slipping through the hole in the top of the slip bobber.

If I happen to be using a slip bobber that incorporates a top hole the same size as the hole in the smallest beads that I would normally use, I use no bead at all. The bobber takes care of the issue of having the knot slip through the bobber.
Maybe you need to work on your over hand knot tying skills . . or you are using the wrong size rubber bands because everyone I have taught how to do this uses it for it's easy application . . .
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