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Stopped at GM on the way out yesterday and man, do they have bunches on sale. I picked up a new (was going to be a spare) frabill rod with a spring bobber part of it. the spring bobber just popped into the last guide and worked great. I asked about buying some additional ones, but they said they couldn't keep them in stock. It worked great, any one know if some places still has them. Cabelas told me they won't get any until next year either.

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The coil springs seem to be way more sensitive than the flat wire ones.You may find some on E-bay as they usually have a few.Thorne Bros has them,your tip top just needs to be the size of the spring bobber.

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several of my fishing rods have larger tips, so that is an issue, anyone know if they make more than one size?

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bitz:

I have several ultralight pannie rods,all being top quality rods.I fished with Matt Johnson and noticed that he could catch some of the lighter biting fish that I could not.He suggested I try a new rod.

The next day I ordered a new rod from Thorne Bros with thier spring bobber.All I can say is that this rod and spring bobber is the best pannie rod that I have ever fished with.It seemed to me that if a fish would breathe on the jig that I could see the spring move.I know that this is not a inexpensive rod,but the performance is worth the extra in my mind.

I have thier deadstick rod,which I like and use alot.Now,with the purchase of the new pannie rod,I am a firm believer that Thorne Bros rods are worth the little extra.If you were to use one,Im sure you would be impressed. smile.gifsmile.gif

I have always put the flat wire spring type bobber on my rods and yes they beat a regular bobber,but the coil spring type one is much better in my opinion.

Thier spring bobber is made to fit perfect on the end of thier rods.I know what your talking about as its hard to find a coil type spring bobber that will fit the tip-top on the rod you have,and fit right.I has determined that it is easier to buy the rod with the coil spring bobber attached,as it fits better.

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What price does the Thorne Bros rod run? I have not used a spring bobber but I definetly will have one by next winter based on everything I have read this winter. I have never spent alot on a ice rod, maybe $25 or so is all.

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The Sweet Thing Plus with a spring bobber and shipping to your door is approx $65.I believe right now there is also a 10 percent discount on all rods.

If you have not used a spring bobber for pannies before,its a purchase you will not regret.On a light bite,it is the difference of a few or many fish.You can see when they are really biting light.

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I picked up the Frabill pannie rod yesterday at GM for 40%off of 20 bucks ($12) and it comes with the frabill spring. I could not believe the difference on the light bite either. I had a ice buster on my other rig and Robin had both of hers with ice busters, and unless they really hit the line, the only clue there were any fish, was the LX3 lighting off, or my spring bobber. It was great.

I will check with Thorne also and see what they offer.

I don't think I will go back to foam any time soon on a light bite outing (now the eyes are a different story)

Thanks for the heads up.

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I've got a couple rods that have some larger eyes on the rod and I found some spring bobbers that you can melt this rubberband type object to the spring bobber. All you have to do is line up the spring bobber and rubberband and put it in boiling water for a few seconds. Its not the best spring bobber but it does a good job for the rods that I can't find spring bobber attachments for.

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the one I got, had like a stepped down plastic piece attached to the spring, which then was inserted into the last guide. it worked great. If you stop by a Gander they had bunches of them attached to rods at Lakeville and you can see the idea.

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Since your on the topic of spring bobber rods, take a look at St Croix Legend rods as well. They have a built in spring bobber design that they claim to be the best. I have two of those rods and love them. I can't compare them with Thorne rods, because I don't own one, but its worth taking a look at the Legend rods if your in a market for an expensive rod with attached spring bobber.

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Tyler:

I have 2 St. Croix Avid rods and Im wondering what the difference there is between the two other than the attached spring bobber? Can I buy a spring bobber from them for my avids?I figure thiers might fit the tip-top better.

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The spring bobber on the Legend Ice rods are built in, and they can't be mounted to another rod (unless you creatively rig something up). The Legend Ice rods are designed specifically for the spring bobber system...

As far as the difference between the Legend Ice and the Avid, both rods have solid carbon blanks, but I believe the Legend Ice has different guides. All of the Legend Ice rods are 24-inches in length, regardless of action. The Avid rods vary in length. Both rods are nice in my opinion, but the Legend Ice takes the cake for St. Croix's line of ice rods...

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he bits if you are still looking for a rod check out scheels they have a st croix that is to die for. If you ever get a chance to watch the vexilar dvd there is a extreme ice trip on there and they show you it in action. I trust those guys on that video from gennz to jason mitchel those guys make a living fishing.

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thanks about scheels, we may be heading past one this weekend... if so, I will drop in and check it out.

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