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Anyone here use the standard materials the store sells, like the one that's on the straw, or you use your own?

I normally go cheap, and use either my mono/flouro, then recently braid. But bobber mono/flouro stopper ties get to be a pain as they either snagged on the line in the spool, or the light test pound braid got a bit too slippery, and just slide along the main line as bobber stopper ties hit the bead that sits at the top of the bobber. The ones in the store have good waxy materials on them, but the ties are freaking huge after to you make tighten it. It's just as big as the mono and flouro ties, but, snag a bit less.

I went  back to my fly equipment, and found some left over 20# white line backing that I got from Bass Pro. The braid line is heavy waxed, seem to be holding onto the main line mono/braid pretty well. Have yet to play with it in the field, but so far, it's not snagging onto the line during casting. Still putting it under heavy scrutiny and testing during my relaxation hours.

Tried the tiny little plastic bobber stoppers Bass Pro sell for $2. Not good. Braid line, or small diameter mono, will slide right through it once they get wet, or sit in the sun too long. I want to tie stoppers in the field when I set up new rigs. It appears the heavy wax braid line backing for the fly reels may be the only thing left. Suggestion?

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I usually use fluorescent mono, some 10 lb scrap I found along the river bank. It seems to work pretty good, and I dont note much hanging up when I am occasionally use that rod for casting. I do trim the knots closely.

At the same time, I don't normally use the rods with bobber stops for anything but dedicated float rigs. For casting other lures and rigs, I almost always have a separate rod set up.

I do have some thin dacron line I got for the purpose, but haven't used it since I found the brightly colored mono.

As for the store bought bobber stops, well... you know me, Leo. I'm not much into that sort of thing! LOL

I love using what ever I can find laying around. But, it can be a pain to use them as cross purposes, like bobber rig on casting rig, since I'm limited by room on my float to carry multiple rigs. Shoreline, that's not a problem.

I can understand about the store bought thing. But, got to give all things a try before I reject or accept. People indicate the rubber stop is good to use, but it's crap to me. People can't tie their own bobber stop, so they use the bulky store version. Me, I want the specs according to what is truly required, and not more or less than the effective limit. I notice avid fly fishermen and slip bobber users use dacron lines, no more than 30#. I think they are dead on. I'm using the dacron backing I have left over for all my main line types, and the heavy wax really work in holding the ties on the main line.
I just use the brightly colored stops I buy from Walmart.  They are cheap enough and work well for me.

Some good points, Leo. You are methodical, that's for sure. I like that.

I dont reject all store bought things; its just a general attitude to use alternates wherever practical. Since I learned to tie a bobber stop knot, I havent messed with any of those pre-tied ones.

I'm sure someone has figured out how to add a rod holder or two to a float tube, though. Have you looked into that?

I already have 4 rod holders on my pontoon, and 3 on my small float. But I like to limit myself 3 rods when I'm oj the water, and 4 when I'm on shore. Too many will just cause headaches.

Leo get of the braid when fishing the float. You won't need the braid to feel the bite that's what the float is for.

Dick, I use braid mono for all purposes. However, it doesnt matter which rod has braid or mono, I use the rod as multi-purposes: lures and flies casting, bobber rigs, plain dropshots, etc.. I like to max out all rod's potentials.

When I have used a slip bobber. I use either a peiece of rubber band, or waxed dental floss

both of them are in most of our homes already.

and if you get a news paper you get rubber bands for free.

Just tie a peiece to your line where you want it. clip off the excess. and your set.

I have never had either one cause any problems when wound up in the reel, and they slide very easy through the rod eyes.

Ive heard of using waxed dental floss, chris. Its one of the 'old school' materials people used to use for this - back in the day.

You can also use it to fix all sorts of things. Some dental floss and super glue should be in every fishermans 'possibles bag.'

Yep, used both the high wax plastic dental floss and Johnson and Johnson low wax dental braid. The braid cause less snag at the spool. But the line was too hard, similar to small diameter mono.

i use dacron and a bead

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