Au ver à soie
Traditional French brand manufacturing top of the line silk threads.
Since 1820, Au Ver à Soie has passed the times with the same slogan: quality and respect for silk.
Heir to a long French tradition, Au Ver à Soie is the world leader in silk thread.
Marc BOUCHER director of AU VER A SOIE, is surrounded by a team of specialists and passionate fishermen to design high quality silk threads designed and manufactured by a 100% French company.
These tying silks are available on the Lords of Rivers eShop
There is a proverb that is believed to be recorded almost half millennium ago, “Two heads are better than one”. The meaning is that two people may be able to solve a problem that an individual cannot. It really sounds like the apotheosis of the more modern concept of team-work.
The Cottarelli T-Rex vise really knows how to work in team and the two heads are not just an idea but the reality upon which the success of this vise has been built.
I still recall many years ago when I was struggling and battling against a problem that sooner or later all the salmon fly tiers are going to face: the protection of precious and expensive japanned hooks. My classic and modern salmon flies had reached a satisfactory quality and I started to pay more attention to the overall shape and quality of the hooks used in the process. I was using commercial hooks, hooks manufactured by the most experienced hook makers or even my own reshaped and japanned hooks, but inevitably I was scratching and damaging them in the jaws of the vises I used at that time, despite all the suggested tricks for adding protection, such as plastic, cardboard or other stuff applied on the hook curve before tightening the jaw. No chance, it was a lost battle, if the jaw was too tight (even on famous and expensive vises) I was nicking the coat, and if not enough pressure was on the jaws then the hooks were moving and tilting, making the tying a real nightmare.
One day I was on the phone with Mr. Cottarelli and I was explaining him the reasons of my headaches and frustration. A week later a strange contraption arrived in the mailbox, one of the first prototypes of what was going to became the ultimate solution for any serious salmon fly tier.
The rest of the story is easy to tell, that vise was traveling with me to every fly fishing show, in Europe and USA and soon the good novel was spreading and friends and many other salmon fly enthusiasts added one of these superb piece of craft to their tying armament.
Nowadays the lovers of the Double Head are countless and always increasing, from USA to Japan.
So, let me tell you more about the reason why this vise is your best choice when tying classic salmon flies:
The two heads apply small pressure on two separate points on the hook curve and there is no need to tighten like crazy to keep the hook stable and well fixed. Whatever is the size, from small salmon hooks to huge beasts on heavyweight iron.
The heads can be easily regulated, moved up and down the fork to fit the hook dimension. They can be also removed completely and used to keep the fly in your hands for trimming or simply as a stand to temporarily display a fly.
The true rotation is smooth and easily adjusted with a simple brake system.
The main body of the vise can angle to make it simple to access every part of the fly, a useful solution for an efficient fly tying action.
The brass counter balanced handle can be moved and tuned to fit with your rotation needs.
The shaft system is ideal to move the tying position in countless modes to find an ergonomic solution perfect for your needs
In addition to salmon fly tying, the vise can be used also for all those flies where a strong fixing is compulsory, such as bass and pike flies, saltwater flies and big streamers for predator in general.
The Cottarelli T-Rex vise comes complete with a tube fly tool and in a matter of seconds you can move from standard hooks to tube fly tying.
A backdrop plate and a bobbin hanger are included with the vise.
You can transform this double head setting to single head use just adding a small size fork and an additional head for smaller flies and immediately you have in your hands a standard vise for trout flies.
Many of my American friends call this vise the Ferrari of fly tying tools and with reasons. It is very much Italian, the design, its DNA, every single piece is made in the same factory here in Italy with highest quality materials, brass, steel and aluminium.
You won’t see anything like that around. It is a piece of design but also a sturdy friend that will serve you for many hours of happy tying.
Whether you are tying your salmon flies on jewellery quality japanned hooks, like those magically crafted by Ronn Lucas Sr., Byron Bjerke, Jasuhiro Ogasawara or with some high end commercial hooks like the extra limited series of Partridge Heritage Hand Made Dublin Bend Hooks CS7DB, or even on your home made hooks, reshaped, painted or japanned, you won’t have to worry any more about scratching them. Just keep focusing on your flies, the Cottarelli T-Rex vise will take care of the rest.
Products of 100% French quality, and a unique design.
At the end of college, I went into industry to pass my baccalaureate in industrial maintenance (to do like dad). So I went back to the companions of duty. At the age of 15, I was asked to wait a year in machining, and then I was directed to maintenance at the age of 16. Chance does things well. Taken with passion for this profession, I have been machining for 17 years. My passion for machining and closely related to the ability to transform everything. It’s very simple, a little bit of tooling, know-how, willpower, and you can make parts without limits. I think everything is doable when you do it. The fact also of starting from a raw block and making it a product that shines, with 1/100 millimeter ribs and completely different shapes from one piece to another, I just find it splendid or even artistic at times. This is my first passion and as you have also understood my profession. The year I turned 27, I discovered fly fishing thanks to a colleague who made me see the gesture in my field. Watching him do it and seeing the silk unfold, I immediately understood that this fishing was for me. It was indescribably beautiful. I quickly fell addicted to this method of fishing and in the same year I started to mount my own flies. One season passed and apart from the little jokes, nothing else was interested in my artificial ones (between us they looked like all but flies). It is only in the second season that I finally manage to lure my first trout with my own flies, the joy was immense, the sensations were so strong that I remember it as if it were yesterday (I have a smile on my face just from you). A second passion was born. Wanting to improve on the assembly of my flies, I started to buy all kinds of tools necessary
A second passion was born. Wanting to improve on the assembly of my flies, I started to buy all kinds of tools needed for the Fly Tying. One evening, in full assembly to prepare for the weekend, my eyes rested on different tools that I had just acquired, dubing needle, hair cup, twister, vices etc… And then I realized that I had bought tools that I could largely manufacture in my workshop and with my professional network. So I merged my two passions, machining and fly fishing, to create the DamFly brand and thus manufacture 100% French fly assembly tools. Then, the DamFly brand will offer you all the necessary tools to mount your own flies. Products of 100% French quality, and a unique design.
Danish manufacturer of high quality rotary vices.
Made of advanced resin material, the Danvise is an excellent value, combining true fly tying rotary action with light weight for portability.
Foxy-Tails is the UK's No.1 supplier of hair and fur products to fly tyers worldwide.
One of the world's largest manufacturer and wholesale distributor of fly tying products. Based in Arkansas - United States.
Founded in 1981, Hareline Dubbin, Inc. is one of the world's largest manufacturer and wholesale distributor of fly tying products. Hareline Dubbin manufactures and distributes some of the worlds finest fly tying materials available in today's market.
Growing company from Czech Republic providing a great range of products with a very good value for money including dubbings sold worldwide.
HookBobbin.com is an innovative French company and designer of the HookBobbin. A modern, new generation top of the line bobbin holder with an integrated dubbing twister using components from Switzerland, the United States, Japan or France to guarantee an effective, very high quality tool.
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Lords of Rivers
A range of products specially selected by the Lords of Rivers team for their quality, robustness and originality.
In the early 1970's Metz revolutionized the fly tying world by introducing the first genetically engineered hackle to the fly fishing industry.
They were the first to produce true "dry fly quality" hackle in a complete range of colors and sizes. A product that enabled fly tyers everywhere to imitate the natural insects more precisely than ever before. Long before artificial floatants became the norm, Metz hackles were floating dries through the fastest of riffles.
Metz offers a complete line of feathers to meet your needs. If you haven’t tried a Metz, or haven’t tried one lately, you may be missing out the next revolution in fly tying.
Mouches De Charrette - JMC
One of the French leaders in fly fishing.
Flies tradition and specialist in tying material.
Pêche à soie
The French specialist of fly fishing natural silks.
A brand of the company "Au ver à soie".
Heir to a long French tradition, Au Ver à Soie world leader in silk thread decided to relaunch the production of fly fishing natural silk. Marc Boucher, current Manager of Au ver à Soie, who has also himself a passion for fishing, surrounded himself by a team of specialists and passionate fishermen to bring to life all this know-how born at the beginning of the last century. High quality natural silks designed and manufactured by a 100% French company. These natural silks are available on the Lords of Rivers eShop.
Solarez is a specialized brand in sports composite materials such as UV resins used in the manufacture of nymphs.
In 1985, Wahoo International (makers of Solarez®, LifeSled® and Bullyboard®) began, making composite surfboards and bodyboards. They utilized “unconventional” materials and methods like UV curing resins, composite structures and vacuum bagging techniques. Since the 80’s, Solarez has diversified to over 20 formulas, radically improving (and cleaning) the manufacturing of sporting composites, cabinetry, music instruments, fly fishing, jewelry, hobbies and crafts and paving the way of exciting new technologies like 3D Printing.
Based in Florence, Italy, for thirty years, Stoppioni s.n.c. specialised in the production of accessories for most types of fishing.
These products are marketed under the Stonfo label through large wholesalers on a world-wide basis. Many items are patented and the company will soon be introducing others to the market as it continue to research and develop new ideas.
Stonfo works with a variety of different materials in its manufacturing process and all products are entirely developed inside the company from the initial idea to the making and marketing.
SWISSCDC is a Swiss company dedicated to fly tying materials.
They offers a large selection, quality and variety of CDC feathers, CDC dubbing and hare dubbing.
World leader in fly fishing hooks, Tiemco Japan offers a very complete range of hooks meeting the expectations of the most demanding fly fishermen. It's the "must have" of top of the line Hooks. Tiemco hooks are faithful to the tradition of Japanese perfection: the finishes are perfect, the quality and solidity irreproachable.
Deservedly acclaimed by the best fly tyers around the world, Veevus threads are the strongest on the market today.
An extraordinary quality for unusual resistances with a large choice of threads and unique colors (16/0, 14/0, 12/0, 10/0, 8/0, 6/0).
Based in England, Veniard is one of the top fly tying suppliers in the world.
Since 1923 Veniard have been supplying top quality fly tying materials to all international fly tyers.
One of the world's largest manufacturer and wholesale distributor of fly tying products
Founded in 1945, Wapsi Fly, Inc. is one of the world's largest manufacturer and wholesale distributor of fly tying products. The quality of Wapsi products is recognized and recommended by professionals all around the world.
Based in USA Whiting Farms, Inc. is one of the largest producers of premium quality fly tying feathers in the world. It also now has the broadest range of feathers and is steadily expanding. The mission of Whiting Farms from its inception in 1989 has always been seen to be the supplier of the finest quality fly tying feathers for the tyers of the world and they continue to be committed to this mission.