In the Fall of 2006 after I returned from 3 months in Alaska I went on an extended road trip to Idaho and Utah. Most of my time was spent exploring the Henry's Fork and the surrounding watersheds. Somehow we decided to go to Utah for a few weeks and fish the Green and the Provo. This part gets hazy, because somewhere along my travels in Utah we met the Thingamabobber guys. The following Spring I found myself working on the Yakima and I got a random package that contained 2 of the very first Thingamabobbers ever made. I showed them to 2 of my guide buddy's and their reaction is something I will never forget: hysterical laughter followed by that will NEVER work. Regardless, they agreed to "try it, no promises". That night I received 2 phone calls saying virtually the same thing: wow! how to we get more. Several phone calls to Utah later, we had the first dealership in Washington set up. We sold 1000's and 1000's of these things. Fly shops would call asking how to get them, I would give them the details and within a year you couldn't go to a fly shop without seeing them. It was a different time. Seems like we had more fun, at least it does in my memory.
Thingamabobber changed the game, today we have several versions of the original. For me, I still use the original 3/4 inch Thingamabobber with 2 wraps. Sure, I could do some fancy slip bobber attachment but I don't have time for all that. The bigger sizes can hold more weight but the castability go's out the window. The other versions seem to miss something else as well: weight effects sensitivity. Thingamabobber's are lighter in physical weight.
The original, and still the best strike indica....bobber on the market today. Tight lines!