how many bobbins?

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  1. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Active Member

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    curious to know how many bobbins you "casual" (not commercial) tiers have/use, and predominately what kind, ie. ceramic, etc. Brand is not neccesary.
    thanks!
     
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    kodiaksalmon Jeff B.

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    I've got six on my table, and I use ceramic.
     
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    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    I have four ceramics and two non-ceramics that I rarely use.

    Steve
     
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    i have 7. 5 are ceramic and 2 others kind which are for lead and 4 strand floss. mike w
     
  5. Ed Call

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    I have six of the metal retractable bobbins that my father in law gave me...can't remember the manufacturer. Something nordic I think. I also have a bunch of other ones. I don't think I have any ceramic, I use what I have or what you'll send me.
     
  6. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    I have the one non-ceramic that came with my beginner's fly tying kit and have never seen a reason to upgrade or get more. One seems to do me just fine.
    -Ethan
     
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    5 all ceramic..
     
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    I have about a dozen , but only four of them get regular use . I use one for wire , another for floss , and I have two Nor-vise bobbins for thread as I`ll sometimes use two different color threads on a single fly .
     
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    I am new into fly tying about 2 months now and I was just thinking about this last night. I have 2 at the moment - one is the nor-vise bobbin and it's great now that I'm getting use to it. The other one is from my kit.

    I would like to have a 3rd bobbin immediatly soon and that should do me for a whuile.
     
  10. Steven Green

    Steven Green Hood Canal Pirate

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    I've been tying for a while now, and I have one bobbin. Which begs the question, what are you using the other 4 or 5 for?
     
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    gigharborflyfisher Native Trout Hunter

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    Geez I only have two sitting on my desk... never really needed any more than that, and rarely use both...
     
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    About 26 total.

    16 of them are the S&M Bobbins I use for different colors of 6/0, 7/0, and 8/0 thread.

    The others are Griffin Ceramics I use for flat-waxed nylon, Uni-Stretch, and Uni-Floss.

    Having all these bobbins just makes life easier when tying because I don't have to change thread spools to change colors, I simply pick up another bobbin.
     
  13. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Approx 6 or 8, a variety of brands, most but not all ceramic, most standard size with a few smaller for small Pearsall's spools. I use them for a wide variety of threads. I wrap all floss (silk) and wire by hand without a bobbin.

    It definitely makes life easier than changing spools all the time.

    TC
     
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    About a doz each with diffrent colors and sizes of thread.
    Most are not ceramic and one is the SM that I used to hate and almost a few years ago threw out but now love for heavier threads so I am glad I did not get rid of it.
     
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    Two Nor-Bobbins and a bout 12 loaded spools for them, Two Wasatch bobbins for Pearsalls tying silk. All ceramic tubes.
     
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    6 tiemco ceramics
     
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    2 standard size Wasatch Bobbins and 2 no names that I use for wire...

    too many bobbins equals clutter in my world.
     
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    chattmr has never caught a steelhead... (its sad, I know)

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    I've been tying for over 20 years, and I have only 3 (non-ceramic). One always has black uni-thread, another always has white uni-thread, and the last one I change out as needed. I concur with ctyazfan that too many = clutter, and I have never been able to justify buying a ceramic bobbin when my old ones work fine...
     
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    I have quite a few, some get more use than others, but I also have one for wire, and two for different color chenille. I gotta tell you chenille on a bobbin is very nice. I have one ceramic and looking to get more since I believe one cannot have too many bobbins. If they start to clutter, but them in a drawer or something :)
     

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