I tie over 5000 bonefish flies a year, and spending this amount of time at the vise, you become rather intimate with the tools you use.
One tool I am very passionate about is my tying thread bobbin. I have a desk full of different bobbins that I’ve tried over the years, most are ordinary and have failed for some reason or other, and I’ve relegated these to dispensing ribbing wire. Most importantly, I also have a great selection of standouts, and its no coincidence that these standouts are all made by Tiemco.
There is one feature that I believe is essential to a good bobbin – a ceramic tube. Why? Simple - your thread breaks less. You can also put more pressure on your thread than you can with a non ceramic bobbin. Tiemco pioneered the use of ceramic tubes for protecting threads during the tying process, and remain the only company to utilise high-quality Japanese ceramics in their bobbins.
I use 4 different Tiemco bobbins, below is a brief description of each:
TMC Ceramic Straight Bobbin – standard RRP $39.95
This is the best value, high performance bobbin available on the market. Like all Tiemco bobbins, it is made in Japan with quality materials. Every fly tier needs at least one of these on their bench.
TMC Ceramic Straight Bobbin – Heavy Duty RRP $46.00
This is the same design as the standard model, but built with a heavy-duty ceramic tube for use with thicker threads. The HD model ideal for saltwater and bass patterns, as well as large streamers. Like all TMC ceramic bobbins, the ultra-smooth ceramic tube will not damage or cut threads.
TMC adjustable double arm bobbin - Heavy Duty RRP $99.95
The TMC Adjustable Double-Arm Bobbin is an innovative bobbin which holds the thread spool with four stainless wires. The ceramic tube can be also adjusted vertically to any position. This bobbin also has a substantial knurled finger grip to hold on to, which gives the user firm control, and provides far less fatigue when tying for long sessions. This is by far my favourite bobbin, and I always ensure that it has the thread colour I use the most on it.
TMC adjustable magnetic bobbin – Heavy Duty RRP $139.95
The TMC Adjustable Magnetic Bobbin is an innovative bobbin holder which controls thread tension with magnetic force. If you are a bit of a gadget person who likes hi-tec and extremely well designed things, you will love this bobbin. I’m a bit more of a pick it up and use it type of guy, so I needed to follow the instructions pretty carefully to make the most of this bobbin. Additional features include; vertically adjustable ceramic tube, thread keeper, and self-standing design. It works really well when you take the time to dial it in correctly.
So my advise is to do your tying a favour and invest in a decent bobbin or two, you won't look back!