Brand new Nor Vise

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by bulletsnhooks, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Rick, keep some of the conventional bobbins for things you don't use a lot of. I use my conventional bobbins to roll out my wide floss that I use for bodies. Tying in the floss on a bobbin then cutting it off once the body has been wrapped has been easier and wasted less materials. I have a larger bore bobbin (actually one that the tube fell out of so the material passes through the brass hole that used to house the ceramic tip) and it is great for small diameter chennile, again, tie it in, spin it on and clip it with zero waste.
  2. Rick Todd Active Member

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    From Norvise it was $27 for shipping a $25 item. I went to J Stockard and ordered 2 10 packs and shipping was $5 ( plus no tax) got to love that! Rick
  3. Chef New Member

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    Rick: Next time... call Norm up. shipping calculations never are right.
  4. bulletsnhooks Pat Coleman

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    The total price with shipping is $27.
  5. Rick Todd Active Member

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    You are right-went back and checked.
    The way it comes up is confusing as usually shipping is added on after you have all the items in your cart. So the total would have been about the same as at Stockard except I didn't pay sales tax at JS. Thanks for the clarification! Rick
  6. Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    I label my spool with invisible tape on the edge. Mumbles method might be better though, so I'll give it a try.

    I store the nor-vise spools stacked on wood dowels mounted on my portable tying desk. This works great but the tag end become tangled mess. To remedy this I started placing elastic bands over each of the nor-vise spools and this contains the mess. Tried using tubing to slide over the stacked spools, but have not yet found the correct size tubing.
  7. Chef New Member

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    Jeff: Good idea. You know you have a mess of spool thread on your hands when the cants all rush over to play with the multiple colors.
  8. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Jeff, if you have the inclination, I have taken some small hair bands from my daughters. I actually thread the tying thread through the hair band and use them as a spool line keeper. Similar to how I manage tippet spools, only smaller. The bands keep the thread under decent tension too and it keeps me from having to wrap the thread a time or two around the bobbin arms for added thread tension. Keeps the tag ends of the thread spools under control.
  9. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    I no longer have the vise , but I`ll never give up the bobbins .
    I just mark the size of the thread with a fine tip sharpie on the outside edge of the spool . 8/0 , 6/0 , 3/0 etc .

    BTW ,,,, does anybody have any of the plastic spools that were available for a time that came pre-loaded with thread ?
  10. Rick Todd Active Member

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    I got my 20 spools and two new bobbins (after Mumbles shamed me into it:)) and loaded them up with thread. I found the fine pointed marker worked well on the rim. I was at a tying event of our fly club and one of the guys had a great way to retain thread. Go down to Office Depot and buy a box of 1" banding combs (costs a couple bucks and 4 guys could split them!) Cut them down and you have a perfect retaining ring for your thread! Rick
  11. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    Wonder Wax . Cool !! I haven`t seen any of that stuff for quite a while .
  12. Chef New Member

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    Rick: Great idea on retaining the thread. Do you still need to wrap the thread around the bobbin a couple times to keep tension?
  13. Rick Todd Active Member

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    Chef-you don't really need much tension, just wrap the thread down and snap the ring over it. BTW-the new bobbins come with a nice plastic cap to go over the end of the bobbin and retain the thread under tension-I need to check and see if Norm has more of those! Brian-having Wonder Wax really tells you how long I've been tying! Still great stuff! Rick
  14. jeff bandy Make my day

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    Love the banding combs idea Rick. Can you get a pic. of the cap for the bobbin?
  15. Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    Rick and Mumbles - Both are great ideas on taming the thread. I'll try both of them.
  16. Rick Todd Active Member

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    Here you go Jeff. View attachment 39710
  17. WABOWMAN Active Member

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    I just ordered a new Nor vise and all this stuff is a great help,
    Thanks Guys
  18. Chef New Member

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    rick: It doesnt seem that you have the thread wrapped around for the side of the bobbin for tension. Do you still need to wrap if you have the comb on there?
  19. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    Rick ,yeah , it was the best wax I`ve ever used . Too bad they went out of business . I saw a tube of the stuff sell for over 50 bucks on fleabay a couple of years ago .:hmmm:

    BTW ,,,, does anybody have any of the plastic spools that were available for a time that came pre-loaded with thread ?

    No one ?
  20. Rick Todd Active Member

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    Chef-I don't leave the retaining band on when tying. I usually provide tension with my hand holding the bobbin around the spool. Rick