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Old 03-24-2009, 05:50 PM
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Default 8/0 thread breaking!

I just picked up some 8/0 thread from the fly shop because I'm in the process of building up my materials since I just started tying.

I put this stuff on the bobbin and it's pretty tight on there I'll admit, but my larger thread diameters do fine but every time I try to tie with this stuff it breaks in half.

Do I need to get a new, bigger bobbin or somehow clean mine? Even putting very light pressure this stuff snaps so whatever advice anyone has I'm all ears.

Thank you
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Default Re: 8/0 thread breaking!

A Griffin ceramic bobbin will be a help and you may want to splay the prongs that hold the thread a little to lesson the tension.
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Default Re: 8/0 thread breaking!

Is it the spool thats tight in the bobbin? If the spool is wider than the spools you've used before you may have to "stretch" your bobbin a little bit. Also check both sides of the spool, some times the stickers in both sides of the spool are not centered and the ends of the bobbin rub on the stickers not the spool causing extra tension.
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Default Re: 8/0 thread breaking!

Ditto on spreading the bobbin open. I used to be surprised at how much
bobbins needed to be splayed open, and I only use Griffin ceramic. Having
said that, you won't be able to apply as much pressure to 8/0 as you do
with 6/0. Knicking 6/0 on the hook's point won't always cause it to break, but
8/0 isn't as forgiving. Spread the bobbin until there's very little pressure on
the spool, don't pull too hard, and watch the point.
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Default Re: 8/0 thread breaking!

I also take and run the bobbin and run it down my nose. (put your nose where your thread would go) Your skin oil acts like a natural lubricant. Your thread will spin like a top....
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Default Re: 8/0 thread breaking!

Does your thread fray at all from the bobbin or is it just tight? You can splay out the bobbin arms Until the thread is loose & if it's too loose wrap around one of the legs once. As you tie keep a finger on the thread wrapped around the arm for thread control. also check the sides of the spool for damage. If your thread is fraying at all, try threading a piece of kevlar thread thru the bobbin tube & pull it tight & spin the bobbin around it to polish the inside of the tube. There is always the chance you got old thread too.......
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Default Re: 8/0 thread breaking!

One more thing is to check the thread its self, I have bought a couple spools of thread over the years that were just plain bad, I just bought a 3/0 thread a month ago that broke very easy anytime I put a little tennsion on it.
Tied three flies with it and threw it in the trash. Try the things others have said first though lol
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Default Re: 8/0 thread breaking!

In a word... Benecchi!
Their 12/0 seems stronger than most 6/0 I've used, plus it lays flat, doesn't build up much and can be split for dubbing loops. The colors are very nice too.
It's hard to find at most fly shops who get their materials from Mr. Bigtime Wholesaler, but it is WELL worth the search!
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Default Re: 8/0 thread breaking!

Hello Jackster, also you may be used to pulling down to lock a material to the hook and that pressure may be too much for the
8/0 thread. Just an idea, hope it help.

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I just picked up some 8/0 thread from the fly shop because I'm in the process of building up my materials since I just started tying.

I put this stuff on the bobbin and it's pretty tight on there I'll admit, but my larger thread diameters do fine but every time I try to tie with this stuff it breaks in half.

Do I need to get a new, bigger bobbin or somehow clean mine? Even putting very light pressure this stuff snaps so whatever advice anyone has I'm all ears.

Thank you
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:26 PM
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Default Re: 8/0 thread breaking!

Thanks for all the help guys!

The spool isn't any wider than the other spools of larger thread that I tie with, but the bobbin is really tight so splaying the bobbin or getting a larger/wider one are probably gonna be my best options it seems.

In the mean time feeding extra thread by turning the spool with my hand instead of pulling on the bobbin seems to be working fine.


Thanks again for all the advice everyone
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