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LOADING THREAD ON A BOBBIN
Loading a spool of thread on the bobbin is very basic and this article will be helpful when tying your first fly. The use of a bobbin tube threader will make it very easy to pull the thread through the bobbin tube when loading a new spool.

Parts of a Fly Tying Bobbin

Bobbin Threader
Standard Style of Bobbin Tube Threader
found in most fly tying shops

Bobbin Threader
Attach the spool of thread on the bobbin.
The spool bearings are placed in the holes
on the spool of thread.

STEP ONE:
Place the bobbin spool bearings into the holes on the spool of thread.

STEP TWO:
Insert the threader into the bobbin tube tip and push completely through.

Bobbin Threader
Push the threader through the bobbin
tube and capture the thread

STEP THREE:
Capture the thread. There are a couple different styles of threaders. The above bobbin tube threader is a common style and sold in most fly tying shops. The wire forms a loop that can be used to easily capture the thread.

Bobbin Threader
Extract the threader while pulling the
captured thread through the bobbin tube.

STEP FOUR:
Pull the thread through the bobbin tube. Extracting the threader will pull the thread back through the bobbin tube with it. It almost doesn't need explaining.

STEP FIVE:
Adjust the tension of the bobbin arms. You can physically bend the arms on the bobbin. It only takes a little pressure on the bobbin arms to increase or decrease the tension. Squeeze the bobbin arms together to increase tension or spread them apart for less tension.

PHOTO HERE
Fly Tying Bobbin Thread Tension Test
This spool of thread easily rotates on the
bobbin,  but there is just enough tension
that it will hold it's own weight when
hanging in the air.

HOW MUCH TENSION SHOULD THE BOBBIN ARMS APPLY ON THE SPOOL OF THREAD
Tension can't be photographed and words are inadequate. The spring arms on a fly tying bobbin are designed to apply tension on a spool of thread. The proper amount of tension will let the spool of thread rotate on the bobbin spool bearings, while still having enough tension to prevent it from freely unraveling. If you have too much tension the thread could break. The secret will be finding a happy middle ground, which you will figure out with a little patience.

When using Kevlar or other high strength thread for applications such as spinning deer hair will need more tension to prevent the spool of thread from rotating when applying the necessary torque. When extreme thread torque is used, instead of adjusting the bobbin arm tension as described above, manually keep the bobbin arms squeezed together in the palm of your hand for the required tension.

FLY TYING BOBBIN

Custom Designed Eye Tip Bobbin Threaders
Custom Designed Eye Tip Bobbin Threaders

CUSTOM BOBBIN TUBE THREADERS
Photos of some custom designed Bobbin Tube Threaders.

PHOTO HERE
Homemade Mono Bobbin Threader
An five inch piece of xx pound mono.
Use a razor blade to cut a grove near the
tip of the mono. The thread can then be
slipped in the grove and pulled back
through the bobbin tube.


Custom Designed Eye Tip Bobbin Threaders

CUSTOM BOBBIN THREADERS
Photos of custom designed bobbin threaders


Ram Rods used to clean Bobbin Tubes
(Standard and fine tube sizes)

BOBBIN TUBE CLEANER
When using waxed thread, the wax can build up inside the bobbin tube and should be cleaned if needed. Generally the worst problem caused by wax build up is that it makes threading a new spool of thread is more difficult. You can buy a ram rod designed for this purpose or use a length of mono to push through the tube. Don't use a stiff wire that could damage or score the inside of the tube, which could cause the thread to break or fray.

MANUALLY THREADING A BOBBIN
An easy way to thread the bobbin is push the thread into the tube as far as easily possible, then place your lips on the tip of the bobbin tube and suck the thread through. It really does work, but make sure there isn't any wax build-up or grim inside the tube or you could inhale it in the process.

Bobbin Vacuum
Using a vacuum cleaner to thread the bobbin.
Place the vacuum nozzle up to the bobbin and it
quickly sucks the thread through the bobbin tube.
Most people think this is a funny method.

We have a canister style vacuum cleaner and when placing the nozzle to the tip of the bobbin, it quickly and effectively sucks the thread into and through the bobbin tube. Most people think we are crazy, but it works.

FLY TYING THREAD

FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING BOBBIN THREADER