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    Can anyone tell me why Dr Slick has 3 different size bobbins? I started tying a couple of yrs ago & I started with their 4" ceramic bobbin. However I want to get another. They have 3", 4" & 4.75 why????? I can't find an answer anywhere???
    Roofish

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    Welcome to the forum roofish. It's a good question you have asked, I have never given it any more thought than dependent upon the tyer certain lengths may be more comfortable. I don't know if Laurie reads any other posts or not, but if you went to one of his, he probably would be the best bet for an official answer.

    Dave
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    Not sure who that is?
    Roofish

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    He's a member here who posts some incredible fly patterns which he has tied. I have used a few different sizes and find shorter bobbins feel more comfortable to me personally, so that's my guess. Perhaps there are reasons beyond personal preference.
    - William

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    Good question, I have never given it much thought either, +1 for what William said about personal perference.
    Larry


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    One reason I can think of would be to keep your hand away from the hook point. For example the standard and shorty rite bobbins are awesome for trout flies and even bass flies but if I am tying really big pike flies or somethin, the magnum keeps my knuckles away from the hook point. With the shorty or even the normal size, I would likely end up cutting up my knuckles pretty bad.

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    I think the larger sized bobbins are for hooks with longer shanks, eg, saltwater hooks. Otherwise, personal preference.
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    --Rob

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    My use is along the lines of woodriver. It may be just me, but I use a shorter bobbin when I am tying very small patterns (18-22). I also have a very large one for steelhead flies because it is easier to maneuver around the shank and not skewer myself on the hook. But I use a normal size rite bobbin for everything else.

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    I have one long bobbin and a long Matarelli whip finisher. They aren't my hg-to tools but come in handy for some streamers when you have to tie and finish near the bend of a long streamer hook.
    On zonkers in fact some recipes call for two colors of thread, one tied off at the front and the other at the back of the hook.

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    i use the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle to my bobbin holders and just use tiemco ceramic for all of my tying. its worked for over 30 years.



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    Quote Originally Posted by roofish View Post
    Can anyone tell me why Dr Slick has 3 different size bobbins? I started tying a couple of yrs ago & I started with their 4" ceramic bobbin. However I want to get another. They have 3", 4" & 4.75 why????? I can't find an answer anywhere???
    from the interweb

    3 inch

    When you're working on those really tiny Zebra Midges, you've got to have a bobbin that's up to the task, Dr. Slick's Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 3 in. is the right tool for the job. This high quality bobbin is a short 3 inches in the dispensing tube so you'll have all kinds of thread control on really small fly patterns. Tired of bobbins that chew your thread rather than dispense it? This bobbin is constructed with dual ceramic inserts to smoothly guide thread while holding enough tension on it to keep it securely in place so you'll never hear that tell-tale "pop" of broken thread again! Dr. Slick's Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 3 in. is available in an attractive and durable gold finish to last a lifetime. Number 22 hooks? No problem.

    Summary

    Dr. Slickís Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 3 in. is constructed with dual ceramic inserts to ensure the smooth application of your thread, by keeping only the required tension on the thread, no more, no less. The ceramic inserts are silky smooth and will protect even the most delicate threads you can select. It's designed with a short application tube for extra thread control on smaller flies and in situations where finesse is required. This elegant fly tying bobbin from Dr. Slick is available in an attractive and durable gold finish. What are you waiting for? Wrap up some bugs so you can bag more fish!

    Specifications:
    Fly tying bobbin with dual ceramic inserts
    3-inch applicator tube for extra control when working on really small fly patterns
    Keeps required tension on thread
    Will not chew or fray thread
    Durable and attractive gold finish


    4 inch

    Tired of bobbins that chew your thread rather than dispense it? Then give the Dr. Slick Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 4 in. a whirl! From the leader in precision tying instruments, Dr. Slick, this tremendously durable and effective fly tying bobbin is equipped with a 4-inch dispenser tube for the widest utility available. This bobbin is constructed with dual ceramic inserts to smoothly guide thread while holding enough tension on it to keep it securely in place. From wiggly nymphs to heavily threaded hoppers, Dr. Slick's Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 4 in. is a no-brainer. Get your hands on one today!

    Summary

    Dr. Slickís Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 4 in. is constructed with dual ceramic inserts to ensure the smooth application of your thread, by keeping only the required tension on the thread, no more, no less. The ceramic inserts are silky smooth and will protect even the most delicate threads you can select. Dr. Slickís Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic is 4 inches long, the perfect size for the widest range of fly tying applications. It's available in an attractive and durable gold finish that will last a lifetime. If we could only use one bobbin, it'd be this one!

    Specifications:
    Fly tying bobbin with dual ceramic inserts
    4-inch thread applicator tube for use in the widest range of fly tying applications
    Keeps required tension on thread
    Will not chew or fray thread
    Durable and attractive gold finish


    4.75 inch

    When you're working with long-shanked saltwater, salmon, and steelhead hooks, wrapping thread effectively can be a challenging proposition, especially when you've secured loads of material on the shank. Enter Dr. Slick's Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 4.75 inches. This smooth ceramic bobbin from Dr. Slick, the leader in precision tying instruments, has extra length in the tube for easy application on bulky flies or awkward hook sizes. This bobbin is constructed with dual ceramic inserts to smoothly guide thread while holding enough tension on it to keep it securely in place. Next time you're ready to tie that giant yak streamer for a trip for stripers in the Delta, string up Dr. Slick's Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 4.75 inch, and get after it!

    Summary

    Dr. Slickís Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 4.75 in. is constructed with dual ceramic inserts to ensure the smooth application of your thread, by keeping only the required tension on the thread, no more, no less. The ceramic inserts are silky smooth and will protect even the most delicate threads you can select. With extra length in the dispensing tube, this durable bobbin is an excellent choice for bulky, long-shanked, or otherwise awkward fly patterns. Dr. Slickís Fly Tying Bobbin Ceramic, 4.75 in. will not chew your thread and is available in an attractive and durable gold finish. Itís smooth.

    Specifications:
    4.75 inches long in the dispenser tube for work on long-shanked hooks and bulky flies
    Fly tying bobbin with dual ceramic inserts
    Keeps required tension on thread
    Will not chew or fray thread
    Durable and attractive gold finish


    a lot of bulls#!t if you ask me
    Poor quality materials and tools are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.

    Norm

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