Guest Blogger & FOM Tyer: Paul Beel, J. Stockard Pro Tyer Team Leader and owner of FrankenFly

I’ve tried many bobbins out there for many years and some would be ok, some were downright awful, and some I would use for awhile. For the last couple of years I’ve used mainly the Loon Ergo Bobbin. Which was another bobbin I was just ok with. It was too long, the feet were not very adjustable, which meant thread control was not very good. The one thing I did like about it was the feel. I could place my thumb in the groove and wrap my pointer finger around the rest of the bobbin. I don’t work well with the small thin bobbins. The Ergo Bobbin to me was comfortable in hand and not just some frail little thing. But as I mentioned, it had other problems. This year they improved the Ergo Bobbin, but it has been overshadowed already in my opinion. See below.

This year, Loon released their Ergo All Purpose Bobbin. Just by the look of it, I could tell it just may be what I was looking for, so I ordered one. When it came in the mail, my eyes lit up as I tore open the package like it was Christmas day! It was like a Red Rider BB Gun…ok, not really, just kidding, let’s get back to the review. Anyway, I brought it into the tying room and began to spool it up. This new bobbin was 4.25″ long, which is much shorter than the old Ergo Bobbin, which was good. However, it does have a little more length than standard bobbins. With the extra length, you might notice you need a longer bobbin threader, well, the Loon Ergo Bobbin Threader works perfectly. The arms on this new bobbin were much better quality and easily adjustable and they have brass feet. As I began tying, I knew right away that Loon had hit it out of the park. This new bobbin has such a great feel, plus good thread control, and was not long and awkward.

The tube is made of double radius polished tungsten and works well. I tie a lot of streamers, but also tie some smaller carp bugs and bluegill flies. I have used 140 denier and 70 denier thread and the bobbin works well for both. Loon mentions that this is an all purpose bobbin and I can see where that is true. You can use it for large and small flies. I have been using it for well over a month now and have already bought three more. So if you are looking for a new bobbin, check this one out and see if you are as happy with it as I am. I highly recommend it!

2 Comments

  1. Great post, Paul! I’m partial to my Stonfo bobbins, but you’ve got me itching to try one now. Did Loon eliminate the squeak that plagued the previous model?

    1. I have had it squeak on a particular spool of thread, but not all of the time like the previous model.

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