I saw something neat at the Fly Angler (a fly shop I go to
locally) in Fridley Minnesota. It was a Bobbin, with a
different bend. Most bobbins are nice and straight, this
one was bent, and it reminded me of that great trumpeter
Dizzy Gillespe. Dizzy was unique in his style, his cheeks
all puffed out, and blowing the horn, like he would go dizzy
from lack of breath. His horn was unique, with the bell
tilted upward at a bent.
I looked at the bobbin, I took it out of the bag (asking
permission first), and held it in my hand. It felt, comfortable,
more so than the regular ones. So I went home and took one of
my many bobbins, and I put it in the vise and bent the wires
that extend back from the tube.
Here is what I found, the thread traveled into the tube with
little or no angle. I always knew which way to spin the thread
bobbin without having to look down. It fit in my hand like a
custom made glove would fit. I find it is not effected by
hanging beneath the hook, it will still unspin any twists in
I like it so much I even bent my ceramic bobbins, matter of
fact I bent them all and I am not sorry I did. More comfortable
hand grip, easier to wind or unwind thread. Got a spare bobbin,
give it a test drive...I think you will be pleased.
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