There have been several threads posted recently concerning thingamabobs and other flotsam and jetsam used by some fishers as their fly fishing technique. I have commented on all those threads that using a bobber is fishing with flies, but it is NOT fly fishing. My feeling is that if you use a nymph below a bobber you might as well get a hickory stick, a piece of string, an old cork and a worm. In fact, the only difference between having a nymph fly under a bobber and a worm is that the worm is cheaper. When I made my thoughts known on those threads I was severely chastised by some because I somehow dared to voice an opinion. Clearly, forum threads on bobbers will engender responses which the floater crowd does not like. I assume that those who fish using plastic phellems have an inferiority complex because they know that what they are doing is not fly fishing. You can give a 5 year old a bobber set up and tell him/her to pull up when the float goes down. If there is any fly fishing technique involved I don’t know what it is. The bobber boys attack the messenger, rather than seriously respond to the critique. One of the whiners suggested I start a thread on this subject (so as not to taint the purity of the bobber blubber?). So here it is: Is fishing with bobbers fly fishing or is it just fishing with flies?