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Old 08-04-2013, 04:08 PM
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Default Re: Non-ceramic Bobbins

that seed bead is a great idea. I tried with just the heat shrink tubing as well as flaring the end of the tube and neither worked. I am going to try the bead.
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The same cheap bobbin that I put the bead into came loose at the brass band that connects the arms to the tube. I put it right with...you guessed it-JB Weld. Ditto a whip finisher of similar quality that flexed a bit too much at the handle. Dab of JB put it right. 'Til it broke some where else.
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Buy some ceramic bobbins and start using the worn-out metal-tubed bobbins for your wires.

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Default Re: Non-ceramic Bobbins

i have used tiemco ceramic bobbin holders since they first came out in the 80's and have never had any problems with them whatsoever.

if you are really serious about this fly tying hobby, save a little extra money and invest in quality tools, take care if them and you should have them around for decades to come. replace the junk tools a necessary.

or you can continually spend money buying shittey quality tools and replacing them every 2-3 years.

simple economics tells me to go with quality.
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Amazon.com: Umpqua Standard Ergonomic Bobbin: Sports & Outdoors Amazon.com: Umpqua Standard Ergonomic Bobbin: Sports & Outdoors

This one was recommended to me by my local fly shop by one of the gurus.

Now that I've become used to this bobbin, I can't tie with anything else.

Some people love 'em, some hate 'em. I'm in the love camp .

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Take a small section of braided cable and work it back and forth in the tube it acts as a file and will smooth the inside. I use rigging cable that is used for blue fish and shark rigs. I am still using 10 year old bobbins that have had glue, epoxy and who know what else drip in them
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My mentor used to put a tooth pick in his power drill then use it with jewelers rouge (sp).
I do what Kelly suggested, and use them for wire.
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Default Re: Non-ceramic Bobbins

Had some older nonceramic bobbins laying around so I super glued glass beads on the openings on them. I like them so much I use them more than my ceramic ones . Once in a while putting them in a holder or dropping them the bead falls off then I just glue a new one on. So far the beads I've used have been without problems and they were the cheap ones from the craft store ! Go figure!
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