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#1 rstaight

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 11:42 AM

For Christmas my darling wife gave me an Ekich model S bobbin holder. Upon opening the box, even though the frame is plastic it has a feel of quality and it fit my hand like a glove. It should for $70.

 

The tube is polished stainless though ceramic inserts are available with the high end holders. It gives you the ability to use about 2 feet of thread without resetting which is easily done. Just pull the spool off a little and the spring will relax then slip the spool back on. It took longer to type that sentence then it does to perform the task.

 

I tied nymphs with it using 70 denier thread. I have a tendency to be a little heavy handed and when I use the 70 denier threads I seem to break it at least once per fly. I broke it 3 times on this one.

 

Since it had been awhile since I have tied nymphs on three occasions I forgot to add materials. I unwrapped what I had done, placed the bobbin where I wanted it and added what I had missed. The automatic return is great.

 

After the first fly I checked the tube for any nicks and confirmed my suspicions, it was completely operator error, duh. Then I remembered what I had seen on the website and in a YouTube video. The spring tension is set to handle 17 ott thread.

 

I tied a second fly and relied strictly on spring tension of the bobbin holder. It is amazing how little tension will hold materials on the hook. I did not break the thread.

 

As of this moment I am very happy with it. I don't have to load a proprietary spool. It will retain the factory tension on the spool and will accept the common spools from most any manufacturer.

 

The only other thing I need to get used to is when I whip finish the fly. I need to reset the tension just by slipping the spool off a bit and replacing it or come up with a way to hang it.

 

Time will tell if the reason I like it is because it's new to me or if it really is worth the price of admission.


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#2 Flat Rock native

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 12:07 PM

For Christmas my darling wife gave me an Ekich model S bobbin holder. Upon opening the box, even though the frame is plastic it has a feel of quality and it fit my hand like a glove. It should for $70.
 
The tube is polished stainless though ceramic inserts are available with the high end holders. It gives you the ability to use about 2 feet of thread without resetting which is easily done. Just pull the spool off a little and the spring will relax then slip the spool back on. It took longer to type that sentence then it does to perform the task.
 
I tied nymphs with it using 70 denier thread. I have a tendency to be a little heavy handed and when I use the 70 denier threads I seem to break it at least once per fly. I broke it 3 times on this one.
 
Since it had been awhile since I have tied nymphs on three occasions I forgot to add materials. I unwrapped what I had done, placed the bobbin where I wanted it and added what I had missed. The automatic return is great.
 
After the first fly I checked the tube for any nicks and confirmed my suspicions, it was completely operator error, duh. Then I remembered what I had seen on the website and in a YouTube video. The spring tension is set to handle 17 ott thread.
 
I tied a second fly and relied strictly on spring tension of the bobbin holder. It is amazing how little tension will hold materials on the hook. I did not break the thread.
 
As of this moment I am very happy with it. I don't have to load a proprietary spool. It will retain the factory tension on the spool and will accept the common spools from most any manufacturer.
 
The only other thing I need to get used to is when I whip finish the fly. I need to reset the tension just by slipping the spool off a bit and replacing it or come up with a way to hang it.
 
Time will tell if the reason I like it is because it's new to me or if it really is worth the price of admission.

My prediction- if you use rotary much, you will find it is worth the price of admission! As one of my friends' said recently, a great tool disappears in your hand.

Using my Ekich on 12252017, while test driving a Nor-Vise, I encountered a minor problem- Ekich spindle- o ring retainer did not want to fit in a Veevus spool. Work around was sharp drill bit, one size up, to enlarge spool diameter. Conclusion: All spools not created equal, but pretty sure the the Ekich line is...

Hoping others ring in here

Edit>Not dissing the Nor-Vise spools either, and Norlander auto bobbins run like a dream, too, But this thread is about the Ekich and I am just lucky to have both... Carry On
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 09:29 AM

Plumbers Grease, carefully and Sparingly applied, can make huge difference in how certain brands of spools, e.g. Veevus, will smoothly run in the Ekich.

There is a very good Q& A on Faruk's website. It does not cover the exact modifications I did, while coring out the non-conforming spools. It covers modifications to other spools in good detail.

Mr. Ekich will also retro fit his models to use only the non-conforming spools, but that is not likely to be a temorary fix.

Got this straight from the proverbial "horse's mouth".... *

* Side note. This ought to make for some exciting international translation; But No, I did not call my Ontario friend a caballo....✌️
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