Thanks Paul. I'll have a look at the Smhaen.It's a bit of a fiddle. Spools of the same size interchange pretty well but some spools have a paper label, some have bare plastic sides which can need adjustment of tension. A few times, by accident. I've contrived to remove tension while using it. I think the Smhaen is a better buy.
Having to was my hands a thousand times a day isn't helping them
Interestingly that is how winding a hackle isAnyroad, I wouldn't wind a hackle that way. I would start nearest the head, with the thread behind the hackle - at the front of the body. Wind the turns of hackle going from head to body to reach where the thread is lying. Then bring turns of thread forwards through the hackle to the head. That way, the turns of hackle are X-crossed and locked down by the thread. So, even if a fish's tooth cuts the hackle stalk, or pulls the end out, it can't unwind.
Interestingly that is how winding a hackle is
described in my old but much loved Veniard’s books.
I have outbreaks of Psoriasis and Eczema, and find O'Keefes 'Working Hands' helpsAye, that has been a disaster for me. Had patches of dermatitis breaking out all over the place. Got a tube of Betnovate from the doc. What is helping is avoiding contact with fruit and veg juices. So, I'm wearing surgical gloves to prepare food now. Also got a big bottle of E45 moisturising lotion in every room and using it liberally. Hands are much better than they were a couple of months ago.
I'm curious Cap'n. With such a long piece of thread hanging, can you spin the thread to flatten or tighten up the twist easily?
You're very efficient without the bobbin Col its a joy to watch. Just curious about how you wrap the thread around your finger how does your finger stay the distance from the hook like how does it not wrap all the way to the hook? Is your finger sliding down the loop of thread?It tends to flatten whether I want it or not! Tying left-handed, I find most threads, flosses, chenilles, fritzes, and everything else that gets wound tends to unravel when wound leftie. So, I am forever twirling things anticlockwise to try and tighten them up as I go along.
I'm currently having a play at shooting videos. I'm needing to sort out my exposure. I tried on auto and 0EV, but I've overexposed my effort yesterday. Didn't allow for trying to use light materials against a dark background (me).
I knew it was overexposed, but I used it to practice processing it and loading it up, which all worked OK. Having done it, you guys may as well have it...
Off to work at my exposure levels...
I have been using a Petitjean bobbin holder for three years now. It is much less fiddly than the Rite bobbin, adjusts the tension well, is very quick to load and I use it for all of my tying now. It weighs 10g empty and spins well. It does however have its quirks. You need to wind with the smooth side facing you and to keep the thread under tension when pushing the point away from you as otherwise it tends to unthread itself. If I were starting again this is the one I would buy even though it is pricey.Hi All,
I have googled this and seen advice ranging from “as tight as possible without breaking the thread" to “just tight enough to suspend the bobbin holder”.
Also things like winding the thread around the leg of the holder before it goes through the tube or starting with minimal tension and “palm” the bobbin or squeeze the legs as you wrap to vary tension.
The above assumes a standard, two wire legged holder.
How do you control yours?
Or, is there any merit in holders with adjustable drag, if so which ones?
You're very efficient without the bobbin Col its a joy to watch. Just curious about how you wrap the thread around your finger how does your finger stay the distance from the hook like how does it not wrap all the way to the hook? Is your finger sliding down the loop of thread?
I thought you tied lefty. I think this is a major advantage when using a bobbin holder resting suspended above the desk height. Quick 2 second spin while picking up anything and I have the thread flat or twisted, ready for the next application. Do you twist the thread itself or reach down and spin the spool?
,just a little suprised re Bucknall,both my wife and i attended his flydressing classes in Clerkenwell ,guess it was early 70s ,he certainly sold me a couple of the horrid veniards bobin holders which we used in the classes.
I run the thread over my forefinger tip, round it and down into the palm of my hand... and from there the thread goes down to the hanging spool. The thread forms a slipping clutch, so as I wind, I just slip-feed more thread up and out from my fingertip, exactly the same as you bobbin-holder users do.
Col for the life of me i cant remember .Did he use one himself when demonstrating, Andy?
I taught fly-tying classes in the 1980s. I never used a bobbin-holder myself when demonstrating. I'm trying to remember what the folk I was teaching did. I don't think I tried to tell them not to use one... I hope I didn't!