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Tying thread tricks, easy organizer

Thread is to fly tying what flour is to a cake

Trouble is that the classification nomenclature for fly tying threads is an arcane aught system. Fear not, it has been modernized with a “better” confusing system called denier. You can look up the measuring system’s origins and explanations if curious. However, it is memorably forgettable.

In the aught system, the lower number is stronger [3/0 is stronger than 6/0 (thicker diameter)] and in denier measure, an entirely different system, the opposite is true of numbers. A 140 thread is thicker in diameter (strength) than a lower number denier.

Threads for tying are wrapped on a plastic spool (sometimes wood spools for specialty items like wire). A simple thread keeper, a notch in the spools outer containment lip would hold the thread from its inherent unruliness. But it’s a rare spool feature.

Dozens of selfie ideas have evolved to contain thread from unraveling. Some of them so ridiculously cumbersome that drugs must have been the inspiration.

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The next best thing about thread spools is their all important ID, a round, paste on piece of paper with a pre-punched hole that accommodates a bobbin; it has all the ID information.

The manufacturers of these tying threads have special employees that are trained at misaligning the critical, need-to-know, paste on information about the thread ID. By misaligning the paste on ID, it falls off when used or stored, and voilà, mission accomplished; what the f*&k is the thread?

The unknowable thread thickness/strength is, of course, useable, but a pain in the arse to have to deal with.


Finally, a simple solution, one that is way better than any spool ID system manufacturers or weekend tying warriors have come up with. Think comb binder. Office Depot image.


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