how many bobbins?

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  1. fly punk

    fly punk lunatic trout bum

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    I use about 8. All ceramic. I use the non-ceramics for wire and what not. My favorite bobbins are the Rite-bobbins with the adjustable tension. It works nice because i use mostly 10/0 and 14/0 thread.
     
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    3. My favorite is my classic Materrelli stainless, non-ceramic. One is a clunky Herter's, also stainless, and I don't use it so much. The 3rd is a "newer" ceramic one, between 10 and 15 years old. Never occurred to me to get a different bobbin for each color or type of thread.

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  3. fxp

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    about 20 or so. one for each spool of thread plus wire, mono line, floss, anything that can be wound on a spool. partly because i dont like fiddling with replacing spools and rethreading but mostly because i make them myself so i can have as many as i want cheaply. they are all "ceramic equivalent" and never cut the thread. i also like them because you can apply the material as you wind it on and do not have to pre cut it. just finish winding, tie off the material and cut it at the hook so there is never any waste. haven't used it for chenille yet but i probably will now. clutter is avoided by sticking them all in a homemade stand** with the thread on top. i just reach for the color and start tying. i have one size for thread and one for floss. i'll send one if any are interested, but i don't sell them (strictly utilitarian and not suitable for marketing).

    **i have also found a free stand - an empty ammo tray, eg. 9mm or 38 special caliber, fixed to my tying stand top. the plastic "wells" are just deep enough to stand the bobbin holders spool side up.
     
  4. Scott Keith

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    Geeze.. I only have 1. I think I'm going to go out and buy a dozen or so. I've never really thought about how much easier it would be if I had a whole bunch already loaded up.

    Scott
     
  5. Grayone

    Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

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    Seven..............all sorts........Maybe I do need a few others????

    Keith
     
  6. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    4 or 5. Most are Matarelli-style flared metal but I do have one ceramic. I keep all but one loaded with different colored 8/0 thread in black, olive, red, and dun. I have a larger clunky metal one that I use for wrapping lead wire.

    K
     
  7. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Me Too;)
     
  8. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a bunch, one nor-bobbin, three ceramics and then a dozen or so other metal versions. It beats re-threading. I like the idea of putting other tie in materials like mono and holographic flash on bobbins, might make things work easier.
     
  9. canyon45

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    10 -12 bobbins. It makes life easier. Plus, an important part of fly tying is accumulating tools, materials, odds and ends that you will never use. Never let anyone convince you that tying their own flies is economical.
     
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    I have 2 ceramic and 2 non. Use all 4 and wish i had about 4 or 5 more ready to go.
     
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    iagree for 99% of us. there are times when it makes sense but in the long run, never.:thumb:
     
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    14 total in the tying cave. 9 are ceramic. I don't even want to count my snips & shears or other gadgets. Every year I get more tools as stocking stuffers at Christmas. Not complaining as thet do all get used. In my travel tying bag I've got another 3 ceramic bobbins.
     
  13. flytyerboy95

    flytyerboy95 Future fly fishing guide

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    i probaly have 4-5 i only use one and just switch thread CONSTANTLY
     
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    Just one.
     
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    fxp New Member

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    here are full instructions with pictures for making your own bobbins
     
  17. Mark Walker

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    interesting idea. thanks for taking the time to share your talents. nice job.
     
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    Thanks for the kind word. I have an updated version of making your own bobbins with more details and diagrams including an ultra simple jig and tool for making the frame. The file size is too large for attachment but I'll gladly email it to any who pm me with an email address.
    thanks
    FXP
     
  19. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I haven't tied any flies in over two years now. Hell I probably forgot how to. I think that the last time I tied I had about four metal and one ceramic and one nor-vise one with three spools. Now they just collect dust.

    Jim
     
  20. Happy Gilmore

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    1/2 doz or so griffin ceramic's..

    and a couple of Ekich's, anyone else have/use these? Haven't got back to tying since receiving them so haven't used mine just yet. Likely this winter. Highly recommended by a few I respected,

    http://www.automaticbobbin.com/
     

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