Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Mark Walker, Jun 15, 2008.
6 tiemco ceramics
2 standard size Wasatch Bobbins and 2 no names that I use for wire...
too many bobbins equals clutter in my world.
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seven..............all sorts........Maybe I do need a few others????
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.
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.
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.
I have 2 ceramic and 2 non. Use all 4 and wish i had about 4 or 5 more ready to go.