My only problem with the Norvise is a lack of spools. It is easy to load up the four I got with the vise, but when I need a new thread, what do you do with the thread on the spool-move it back to the spool? Also-anyone have an easy way to label what thread you have on the spool. I know I just need to buy some more spools.
Rick, like Mark says, spend some of your $$ on a box of 10 or two boxes of 10 spools and put thread on each of them. One spool for each of your threads, double or triple up on those that you use a lot more of or more often. Use a pencil and label the inside of the spool arbor, the retracting hub will not alter your pencil label but you will be able to erase, wipe or remove it when you swap thread later.
How many boats do you have? Why not spring for another bobbin and triplet of spools and one box of spool...then you will have a lot more.
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.
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
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.
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.
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