"I guess I should have expected what I got for the money. I forgot my bobbins when I was out of town over Easter and wanted to kill some time prepping for shad season. I stopped by the Orvis in my folks' town and picked the cheapest one they had because I didnt need another bobbin, I just needed something to use that day.
While I haven't had any of the previously mentioned issues of slicing through thread, there are definite tiny burrs on the inside edge. The thread coming out is very noticably roughed up and abraded.
Thankfully I only tied shad flies with it, and I'll have lost them all by the time summer hits. It got the job done, but I wouldn't want to tie anything difficult or that I plan not to lose on the bottom with this bobbin - the risk of failure is just too high."
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Review 3 for Clearwater Bobbin
January 3, 2012
from Harrogate, UK
"I recieved this bobbin holder as part a of a gift of fly tying equipment this Christmas. Unfortunately, it is useless, as it cuts the thread after several turns, even with the lightest of pressure. I cannot understand why Orvis would wnat to market this product, it's quality is at odds with the generally high standard of equpiment they sell. Even if it costs less than £4.00, it has no use, and is not fit for purpose."
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Review 4 for Clearwater Bobbin
Don't Waste Your Money,
December 29, 2010
"I got this bobbin in an Orvis fly tying kit. I have always wanted to learn to tie my own flies, so receiving this kit as a gift was great. However, the bobbin cut every thread I put through it. My brother had the same kit and same results. Not only could we not enjoy tying flies with our new kit but had to go out and purchase additional tools before we could start tying. Don't waste your money on this one, save up and buy a ceramic bobbin."
"I wanted an extra bobbin to let my friends use when I was showing them how to tie flies. I also wanted to try out this product myself. After tying many flies, I can say that I'm overall fairly happy with its performance. It's not an elite bobbin by any standards, but it isn't meant to be one. For the price, you can't beat this as a something to give to a beginner. It also teaches you to keep good thread control, because as mentioned in a previous review, the non-flared tip lends itself to more easily broken thread. In my opinion though, this helps the fly tier learn to be more careful with thread and focus on the ever important thread control that separates beginning and advanced fly tiers. Not a bad value for the price. It's overall appearance is also very pleasing."
Response from Orvis:By Orvis Customer Service Team, October 28, 2010
We always appreciate feedback, whether good or bad. We are pleased to hear that this customer is happy with his bobbin. We strive to make all of our products absolutely right, and will gladly exchange or refund any purchase that does not meet our customers' expectations.
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Review 6 for Clearwater Bobbin
February 11, 2008
"I picked up 2 of these the other day. Because the tube is not flared at the top, this bobbin will cut your thread within 5 of 6 turns. This happened on both of the bobbins I bought. The only good thing I can say is at least they were only $4. Save yourself the frustration on this one."
Response from Orvis:By Orvis Customer Service Team, June 15, 2009
Orvis Customer Service contacted this customer and apologized that the bobbin was cutting thread. Orvis thanked the customer for this feedback and passed the feedback along to the product developer to review the tip of the tube. Orvis also offered to exchange this item or give a complete refund. We will cheerfully exchange or refund your purchase at any time, for any reason. Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is the strongest in the business.