Looking to see if anyone has deep knowledge on slip bobbers. A good buddy of the family (in late 70's or early 80's) said he knew for sure these bobbers were over 50 years old.
Said his grandfather made them of Bear Grass stems (after they'd bloom and become hard enough to widdle on). He told us how his grandfather would use the string from Bull Durham tobacco and he was thoroughly convinced that if his grandfather didn't invent them, he was the first in his area to make 'em.
A little Google searching and I found this patent (1966), which would be a good 10-15 years after my buddy knew of his grandfather making his first bobbers. 1966 Patent 3381407
Surely my buddy's grandfather didn't invent the first slip bobbers in the nation? Buddy wanted me to find out what I could.... any insight is appreciated.
Also wish I could send everyone some of these bobbers -- honor to me just holding them today and looking at them.