Bobbin indicators

There are many variations of these but they are all based on the same principle. The simplest idea of all is the dough bobbin. The idea behind using a dough bobbin is to allow a fish to move away with a bait without feeling any resistance and to indicate to the angler what is happening.

After casting out, the rod is placed in two rod rests with the back rest, supporting the handle, raised higher than the front one. Ideally the rod tip should be pointing directly at the bait, but in a river this is not always possible. A piece of bread paste is moulded on to the line between the first and second rod rings. The line and bobbin are then pulled down towards the ground.

When a fish picks up the bait and moves away it will draw line, pulling the dough bobbin up towards the rod. The amount of line you give a fish is controlled by how far away from the rod you pull the dough bobbin. In windy weather, which causes the bobbin to swing about, the rod should be positioned just clear of the ground and the dough bobbin pulled on to the ground to one side of the rod.

When a fish bites, the bobbin will trundle along the ground before shooting up to the rod. The dough bobbin will fly clear when you strike, or it may wedge against a rod ring and should then be pulled clear. Do not put the dough bobbin on to the line between the reel and first rod ring because if it docs not fly clear on the strike it will jam on to the spool messing up the line and hindering following casts. The strength of the flow in a river limits the use of a dough bobbin. If the flow is loo strong the force of the current will simply pull it up towards the rod no matter how big a bobbin you use. It is, however, a very cheap and effective method of detecting bites when legering.