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A Tool for Bobbin Threading
By Jim Lewis, (WaterBum), Port Orchard, WA

When I first started tying flies, threading the bobbin was always a chore. I would insert a light wire loop into the bobbin barrel, feed the thread through this loop, and then draw the loop with the thread back through the bobbin barrel, trying my best not to bend the wire was always a big concern. A lot of flies were built with little thread tension in order to avoid breaking the thread and having to repeat the threading process. Then I took a tying class and was shown how to feed the thread into the bobbin's barrel by drawing a breath through the barrel pulling the thread up using air power. This was a bit easier but still difficult, and almost impossible in low light conditions, as in when trying to tie up some quick replacements for lost flies during a camping trip.

Then I purchased a Nor-vice and automatic bobbin. The vice came with a video, and while watching Mr. Norlander work his magic with the vice I happen to catch him threading his automatic bobbin. I watched as he looped the thread around his finger, slid a tool into the bobbins barrel, caught the thread on his finger and drawing it through the bobbins barrel in one fluid motion. I was amazed! I had to know what this secret tool was. I called the shop that sold me the vice and was told Mr. Norlander would be called and I would have an answer in the morning. The answer I received tickled me. Simplicity in motion. The mystery tool I was told was a Crochet hook that had been ground down on a bench grinder.

With my new bobbin in hand, I headed off to my nearby fabric store. It didn't take but a few minutes to figure out that a 1.0 mm hook would best do the trick, and it was under two bucks. I happily purchased the hook and my next stop was a home improvement store for a small bench grinder (I needed one any way). Finally home, I started on the task of making my own threading tool. Slowly, carefully, almost painfully slowly, I ground the shaft down. I stopped and checked the fit as I went and all was going well. Then I reached the point on the hook that is flattened for a thumb grip. I got a bit heavy handed at this point and the material turned red hot and quickly became two pieces. As luck would have it, the end I needed was just that much too short.

So on my second trip to the fabric store I decided that at the price the hooks were that buying 5 would not be overkill, and if I finished more than one the rest would make nice gifts. All 5 came out fine and the four left were well received by friends.

I use an empty - worn out - ball point pen to protect the threader when not is use, and as a handle.

I had the chance to meet Mr. Norlander at a fly show. I spied his threading tool and much to my surprise it looked to be a wire of some sort. I didn't ask. Some things in life need to stay a mystery.

The Crochet hook works fine for me, bobbin threading is no longer a chore, it's actually fun. My Nor-Vice? For me, it's every thing it is advertised to be. It's not a vice for every tier, and it does take some getting used to. I have no plans to sell my Renzetti Traveler, I still use it, but, the major part of the flies I tie are now happily tied on the Nor-Vice.

Good luck with the Crochet hook. Take your time during the grinding process. Go slow, and avoid getting the hook too hot. Dunking it into a glass of water every now and then helps keep the heat down. ~ Jim L.

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