There is an exciting new bobbin (holder) design making waves on social media this week. The yet to be released Apex Predator Bobbin is a design by Sweedish angler and fly tyer Ilias Karanzas. Ilias and his wife Molly hail from a small village on the west coast of Sweden. Aided by the quick prototyping ability of 3D printing, the design has progressed quite quickly, and they will soon be ready production of the slick hi-tech fly tying tools. The bobbins will feature a striking carbon fibre frame, anodized aluminium components and adjustable ceramic thread tubes. The bobbin has adjustable tension looks like a comfortable fit for the avid tyer.
In order to get the bobbin into production, Ilias has set-up a Apex Predator Bobbin Kickstarter page to gage interest in the product, and supporters will be first in line to get their hands on these new tying tools. Supporters who back the project with a pledge of SEK500 about $55US or $75CA will get a bobbin. 1,800 SEK will get you a set of 4. There are backer plans for retailers as well. We would love to see these on sale at our local shops in a few months. So far the project has gotten a huge vote of confidence with the 32 days left to go and just over 30,000SEK remaining on the goal of raising 140,000SEK ($15,316US).
The delivery date is slated for March 2017, and I for one can’t wait to have them sitting beside my vise.
The Apex Predator Bobbin will be available in 4 different colours; Pumpkin Spice (orange), Swedish Blue (purple), Esox (lime green) and Stealth (black).