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First stab at Materials...
You let the thread twist.  Hence, you get the "rope" look at the back of the hook.  If you're looking for a segmented body, that's not a bad thing.  If you want a smooth body, you'll ne
Daniel's Coachman (Bomber variation) SBS
Making the original suitable for rougher water. Calftail wing would be more traditional but I was looking to keep the tie-down area slimmer. hook Dai Riki 125 #10 thread - MFC 8/0 brown tail - moos
Al's Rock Chuck October Caddis (Bullethead variation) SBS
A few changes to Al Campbell's version. His used marmot; I went with woodchuck. Also, Congo Hair replaces yarn for the abdomen loop and a bullethead instead of spun deer for a little different look.
Getting back into tying and A K Best
Production Fly Tying was published in 1989.  Hard to believe it was that long ago.  I adopted several of his suggestions from the book when setting up my bench and tying area.  It sou
Older Style Bobbin Question
Anyone recognize the bobbin in this picture?  I was sent this picture by someone that bought it with some other fishing and tying stuff at a yard sale.  They wanted to know anything about it
Thread recommendations
I have used only UTC 70 denier since my wife gave me an Ekich automatic bobbin for Christmas. I do have some Danville 12/0 that I expect to try in it shortly.   I used to break a lot of thre
Squirmy Worm Help
It's a pain but so realistic. Most times when you sinch down on it it goes in the opposite direction you want. Negative psychology. I fasten with modest pressure then try to make wraps to get it w
Bobbin threader on the run....
while i still have good lungs the old draw method works    or   2X on the GUM threaders.  I find that it hangs nicely on my vise so it doesn't get lost on my bench.  I do
renzetti o-ring and what it does
Are we talking O rings? The little round things that cost ten cents and can be found at any large or small hardware store, automotive store, Walmart, target, etc... on the planet. Who needs a source f
Renzetti traveler review
Mine does not have the thumb screw, maybe thats on the older ones? I never use the bobbin cradle, so I didnt think to talk about it. and thats good that in 30 years you havent had to replace the ru
Perfection loop
While back Capt Bob showed a Double Surgeon Loop on leaders to increase the longevity of the fluro loop and to me it helps protect the welded flyline eye by distributing the force with less biting int
RIP Norm Norlander
I am crushed.  I first met Norm back before 1993, at a sports and outdoor show in Salt Lake City.  .  He of course was tying on and demonstrating his Nor-vise.  I was hooked immedi
Midge bobbins?
Ditto.  It's not the hook, the bobbin or the thread, it's the size of the spool that determines what bobbin I use.    Of course, I could re-spool the thread on a plastic sewing machine
Hair stackers, stainless
Does anyone have much experience with small hair stackers? Would a stainless stacker have less static problems than a brass one? Anyone have any idea of size diff between a stonfo mini and small dr. S
does anybody have any suggestions on what vice, bobbin, and all of that stuff that i can get for like 150 dollars or less, just trying to start out fly tying and i have no clue on whats good and neede
Stonfo Airone Travel Vise
In my newest video, I give a "sneak peek" of a the Stonfo Airone, a travel fly tying vise from the Italian company. This is a really neat vise that has some excellent jaws. I have yet to see all of th
Question re spun and stacked deer hair
Bimini, i think it,s worse because nylon really absorbs water and relaxes(elongates), things get really can spin the whole body around the hook..i think most threads relax when wetted excep
Loading a Dr. Slick Glass Bobbin Troubles!
Notice they aren't marketed as "Fast and easy to thread."   I'd say you're on the right path with the straight wire, or get a wire bobbin threader.  Nylon dental floss threaders can have a s
GSP advice
I have been using a spool of GSP100 that I bought to try. I could tie most everything with it, with the exception of foam, which it cuts like a hot knife would, and the very small stuff, of course. Th
Orvis Thread
Don't really understand the problem, but two things come mind; I often pass the thread around a leg of the bobbin to increase winding tension and I have had  a bobbin that I bent the legs more to
thread life
I have 30 yo thread that still works fine. Bobbin tension is critical , if your bobbin is too tight the thread starts to fray as as it goes into the bobbin tube and will break coming out of the tube.
Best Regal knock-off vise ?
The best Regal knock-off is probably the Stonfo Kaiman. But it costs more than a Regal.   I agree with Flytire, take your Regal.
Spun Bodies
I gathered my thoughts, sorta like herding cats, and then checked out a Pat Cohen video to see how he stacked deer hair.  The style was similar but not the same.  Here's what the instructor
Fly tying scissors reviews.
Ive been using Amvil Ice most of my 50 years of tying. Tried lots of others, I just keep back going back to them. My biggest issue with most scissors is the finger loops not big engough for my fat s
Our Favorite Things?
I do enjoy using ice dub.  Need to find more patterns that would call for it. Believe it or not I love tying with heavy streamer thread.  Something about seeing it come out of the bobbin.
Soft Hackled Nymph Swap
Mine hit the mail today. Since I had just gotten some of the "477" replacement yarn from another member I stuck some red wire on another bobbin and tied up a dozen Sawyer Killer Bugs in size 16. Proba
Did FTF Go Down For a Few Days or...
It was just you...and all the rest of us nervous fly tyers out there who live vicariously through the trips and vises of our brothers of the bobbin. My wife just walked over to the computer and wonder
Bass Pro Shops tools or good starter tool kits
I'll echo the others here that there are perfectly good tool available at Bass Pro.  You don't have to spend much money.  Just make sure the bobbin as a ceramic insert.   Warning: 
Bobbin Review
I'm also not sure how the bobbin itself provides torque that prevents spinning material around the shank. the bobbin allows for tension on the thread but this has little to nothing to do with spinning
Dubbing Drubbing
Do you think someone who can't wrap dubbing is production tying and in need of a way to size hackle off the skin? That is precisely my point. I find it amazing what tiers find to spend money on, l
Ekich Bobbin
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
Time to fix a stupid choice!
Well I'm up and running about 3 dozen flies into the new year.  Yeah, not much, but getting the fly tying blood flowing.   Ended up buying a Stonfo Transformer and assorted tools and ma
Stonfo Dubbing Brush Machine
I use one and yes, you can use it for making larger dubbing brushes.  It's not a bad setup and does the job.  What's nice is the tray drops out so you can spin the material freely.  It'
December flies from the Vise
Ordered a Stonfo Dubbing Brush Device with some Christmas gift cards. It arrived today so naturally I had to set it up and spin up my first brush. Nothing fancy, just some SF Blend and Orange Predator
Fly Tying Kits - Recommendations?
Cody,   My advice is to focus on just the flies you intend to fish with and buy materials just for those to start out then expand from there.  A kit is not the way to go in my opinion. 
Sherbrook's Copperbody SBS
A few mods to the original; kind of a double-decker Belgian Copper John. In honor of Turkey Day (and lack of peacock) I subbed turkey for peacock quill wing and tail; unsure of what hackle was used
HMH TVR tying vise.....
Hi Everyone, Yes, Jon the owner of HMH said they will be at the Edison show and they will have the TRV there. I’ll give you a little background on myself since I don’t post a ton but check
Stonfo Kaiman Vise Review
I've been tying with a Stonfo Kaiman for years and finally got around to a vise review (sorry it took so long!).  In this video, I give an overview of the Kaiman and talk about the qualities that
The Texas Midge
What happened to your thread is you didn't use a bobbin rest when you utilize the rotary feature of your vise. You could buy one if you don't own one or fabricate one out of a large sized paper clip,
Regal Revolution question
just let the bobbin hang and then counterwind the extra thread afterward. Not for speed tyers but it works for me. (I don't like my bobbin holder but I do like my rotary)
A couple of tool ideas that might help
Forgot the name of a local captain that came up with an idea for a chenille bobbin made from a squeeze bottle and a foam ear plug.   Bottles can be found in craft stores. If you're a working stif
YLI Silk thread keeps breaking while wrapping hook
Post a picture so me can criticize, ... um... critique your efforts.    I have used YLI 100 in rod building, and have never had any problems with the strength or consistency of the thread.&#
  Complete Danvise with pedistal base. Very little use, and no issues. Also included is the jaw extension, as well as an extra set of jaws and the bobbin holder. Shipping will be via priority ma
Cortland "MICRON" fly line backing
Rocco, woven hollow core Dacron is the backing used for decades, then came along the Spectra/Dynema zero-stretch type lines.   One can fashion a loop on the backing, using a bobbin threader and a
What the heck are these?
Sitting here trying to visualize what you mean Tom. Then I thought, you must mean slide the bobbin up through the hole in the hackle guard and leaving it on the bobbin. I always just leave quite a bit
Veevus 50 Denier - Amazing thread
Spin the bobbin clockwise when using UTC 70 and that will help with body building and counter clockwise to once again flatten it out.
speed tying
Excellent !!! Automatic bobbin holders, a custom built tying table to fit it and plastic on the walls for the possible blood splatter !!!
Regal Brass Bobbin Cradle Question...
Beat me to it. I have two Renzetti, Traveler and Standard, and they both came with the stop similar to what Flytire has there. I am always torn between using the bobbin cradle on some ties and am tryi
tiny fly questions
Sandan, sorry for late comeback. All I ever use is a length of white poly yarn. On the average yarn I segment 3 pieces out of it. I take one of those pieces I cut about 2" long or so and loop it aroun
Tools of the trade !
Welcome Anthony! First off the tools needed are few and they are inexpensive if you want them to be. The tools do not get stressed and outside of the vise, swiss watch precision and engineering brings
Default Grandpa's Story - History of the Adams Fly
I did notice him not using a bobbin. Didn't realize their were none for him to use. Neat patent info. Things were a bit tougher in the beginning. They were however rewarded with an abundance of fish.
Wide Bobbin
Here's what I use for my sulky hollow shimmer spools. Extra wide., only issue with it is if too much tension is applied it w
howdy all
New vise (new used) Danvise, I modified my heavy base and bobbin rest arm with basket to fit. I most definitely prefer my heavy base for steadiness and my arm (bobbin rest) because it a
Finished tying tool collection
The only thing I want is a bobbin for every roll of thread I have. Terra ceramic bobbins 5 to 6 bucks each and they work great. Fly tying "tools" are under absolutely no stress so I don't feel a need
Hello from Austin, just beginning to learn
Hi All, my name is Rod - short for Rodman a hand-me-down from my father's first name. I'd like to believe it was fated that I would enjoy fishing. Recent shoulder surgery caused me to go into a clo
Your favorite fly tying tip?
I can't post pictures at the present time ... you'll just have to imagine what I am writing.  I used to have a problem with thread breaking. There was nothing wrong with the bobbin holder or the
red it just me?
I think today's breakage was the fault of the bobbin. I later used olive 8/0 uni on that bobbin and it broke too, so it probably has a burr. I'll have to check and probably replace it if that's the ca
Can't See
I also have enhanced my vision on the flie,by tacking up a large Black piece of " poster board in the back round , ? I also have 2 bright "ott" lights, but sometimes there's a glare ,and adjustment i
New Guy from NY
Try an O ring available at auto parts stores that fits over the bobbin tube to assist with hackle control and head forming/glueing. Note my wolly bugger I made this morning in olive with brown hackle.
Brand new to everything fly related.......
You can get everything you need at cabelas. The tools are very basic, very simplistic and frankly they do not get stressed out or perform difficult or strenuous tasks. Your not repairing transmissions
Fly Tying Video Fails
  Noticed he doesn't use a bobbin.    He also doesn't use thread. The whole thing is tied with copper wire.
Fly tying tip
Doesn't strengthen it at all. It simply prevents multible strands from separating and making the material wrap fuller because the strands are kept together. You're right.  I think the weight
Wet fly critique
Just a couple of thoughts, you can follow or not:   You covered it but what do you do about those things ? I personally, if tying this, would shorten up the tail a bit. The tail also needs to sit
I think it is useful to give the wide audience of this type of forum a balanced view. Can you tie perfectly usable flies on a budget? Yes Does an expensive vice make you a better tier? No I brought
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