I will have to agree with Mike. The more you spend on expensive tools the less you can spend on materials to make flies. The biggest expense I see folks spending a ton of money on is vices. I have a good $20 Cabell's brand vice. Works very well for me and don't know if a couple hundred dollars would ever be worth upgrading it. I do want a second bobbin holder someday though for when I used two different threads often and a second pair of scissors, one for wire and tinsel and another for feathers and the like.
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Posted 08 July 2017 - 10:48 AM
Tom, the thinning scissors are for thinning down bait fish patterns. Very little other uses for them. I got mine half price at Sally's Beauty supply. My Thompson ICE scissors, have lasted me well over 30 years, and are still plenty sharp.
I now have about 1/3 the tool inventory as I did 20 years ago. After outfitting my niece and nephew, two boy scout troops, and a couple of beginning tiers, I am down to 4 vises, two of these are travel vises, and one is on loan. Of course, I don't tie near as much these days, only about 1200 last year.
Posted 08 July 2017 - 11:00 AM
For me, the vise and scissors are the important tools, and they should be built to outlast me. My "new" vise is a Dyna-King Sidewinder. I picked that up used and in a trade; and its 25 years old. Through the years, I have purchased and sold, traded, or given away, about a dozen vises. All the vises I purchased where paid for with the proceeds from selling flies, and since it was part of my business, they were a tax deductible expense. I started with a Thompson A, upgraded to a Thompson Pro, both these are still in the family. Many others I have had are still in use. Since 1990 or so, I have used a Nor-vise, it will be the last one for me.
Posted 08 July 2017 - 04:58 PM
Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:01 AM
I keep in my tying box a fingernail brush for roughing up dubbing, I stole it from the bathroom since my wife didn't like the color of it anyway. I unbent a colored paper clip, then formed a hook in one end and that is what I use to twirl up a dubbing loop. My vise I think I overpaid for it $35, made in India, that I bought a bunch or years ago and now has too many memories to part with it. I have two pairs of scissors, one Fiskars straight and a $7 finger care curved blade scissor, plus I just use a single edged razor blade half the time anyway. I have 4 bobbins/holders or whatever you want to call them. Matarelli whip finisher, Terra thread starter and some off brand but well made shiny brass hair stacker. I keep a sleeve of sewing needles in my case that comes in handy. I have a zip strip attached to my magnifier light that is a holder for the bobbin when I want to spin my vise around and not tangle things up. I have that forming a loop and have it zipped to the mast with another twist tie. My setup is all about "classy" LOL ( not, but it is very portable and very functional). I also have a tube fly kit from HMH that works with my vise fine,
John 7:38 ESV is about "Rivers of Living Water"
Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:46 AM
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Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:09 AM
I understand wanting tools that match and are of good quality. But then again I'm not above something inexpensive if it fits the bill. I was at a flyfishing show years ago. Came across a booth that was selling some very cheap tying tools. Spent $12 for 12 ceramic bobbins. Even though they are cheap I like them better than my Tiemco bobbins.
Out in the garage my hand tools are mostly S-K Wayne, can't stand Craftsman. I have several S-K socket sets and 3 wrench sets that are S-K. But I am not above going to Harbor Freight to get something I will only use once or twice. Like I am not above going to Hobby Lobby to by scissors to cut deer hair.
But I must admit, your Orvis tool set does look good.
"Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary." - Patrick F. McManus
Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:13 AM
Love my regal vice, my Rite bobbins 7-8 ? I tend to use Dr Slick tools , although I did order a Larger whipfinisher this week from orvis
I needed it to finish tying off Klinkhammers , I use a whipfinisher ,I don't finish off by hand ..lol shame on me Other then that my materials are always growing as well as my hooks , ugh , lol I'm not in this on a budget or to save money , it's what I'm into , it's great therapy for me , I just wish I could have more time to do it lol , I do have time honestly I'm retired , but I do things around house lol
I guess to each his own , tools last a long time ,if the proper tool helps you enjoy you're passion I say go for it ! I think back to the earlier days when some of the legendary Tiers are featured in articles or books , showing them tying without a vice , either holding in one hand or using a clothespin , I've seen photos where some held the thread in hand and created some of the most beautiful historical flys we admire to this day .. but Hey it's 2017 , I like Air conditioning , heat and hot water ... I enjoy an ice cold craft beer , or a large glass of port while I'm at the bench. , I'm grateful I'm able to have these great items .... " keep on tying
Posted 20 July 2017 - 09:09 PM
Posted 27 July 2017 - 11:27 PM
I have more tools than carter has pills, including a Renzetti traveler 8 pairs of scissors 3 tye rite bobbins, several ceramic bobbins of different price ranges, two bodkins a Materalli style Whip finisher I made myself. ( It is a down sized version for small flies) Locking tweezers 3 hair stackers, hair packer, dubbing twister, dubbing teaser assorted paint brushes for painting poppers and jigs,clouser arm for the vise, A HMH swing arm to get the vise away from the desk edge and a trash catcher fastened to the bottom of the vise etc. You can spend a lot of money on tools some of them worth the bucks others not so much BTW my hat is a nice wide brim Statesman I bought in Australia 12 years ago. I also want to know more about the Grab bag deal too.
" Who are you trying to jive with that cosmic debris?" Frank Zappa
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