Yesterday, we posted about a hot online debate between Kirk Deeter and Louis Cahill about the use of strike indicators—a.k.a. “bobbers”—in fly fishing. Well, it turns out that this whole “spontaneous” argument was. . .gasp!. . .planned months ago. Writing on the Angling Trade website, Deeter says that the whole thing was a “media experiment to see how anglers would react.”
However, he then goes on to respond to Cahill’s arguments, making a perhaps more nuanced case for at least limiting the use of strike indicators. In the process, though, he makes some bold claims, such as that “matching the underwater hatch” is a myth. Hmmmmn. I definitely know anglers who stand on both sides of this debate. . .and some who say the same thing about dry flies and streamers, as well. I am reminded of an old-timer I met on Maine’s Rapid River twenty years ago, who told me that after decades of fly fishing, he had decided that all he needed to catch fish were three patterns: a Royal Wulff, a Hare’s Ear Nymph, and a Hornberg. This last fly he fished dry, as a swinging wet fly, and stripped deep as a streamer.
Now that you know the skinny behind the “Bobber Wars,” does it change your opinion at all?