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Favorite dubbing loop or dubbing spinner tool ?

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Does anyone have a favorite dubbing loop or dubbing spinner tool ?  I presently have a small twirler with the two small wire springs but it has no handle really and is hard for me to grasp and spin.  I've resorted to a bent out paper clip which works OK but want a tool with a nicer handle.  Do you have a favorite type of "end" that collects the thread loop, such as an "M" shape, or the small round hook, or the sprung 2 wire ?  Thanks for your input.  

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I made my spinner out of a colored paper clip and just twirl it with my fingers of one hand while gripping with the other. I just make the loop out of the tying thread in place on the hook. Works fine for me. I suppose I could turn a bob for it on my wood lathe but never bothered. If I know I'll be dubbing that way I like to use 6/0 thread vs my usual 8/0 but have done it with either. Truth be known I usually dub the old fashioned way anyway, with the single strand. I do use a loop for tiny minnows tied with fly fur though ( those things fish awesome)..

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I have one like this.  The head is heavy enough to spin well.  With the handle on it, I can spin it without having room for a weight to hang.

I've had it for several years ... I don't remember how long, exactly.

 

 

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I use one of those battery-powered cocktail mixers ($6.00); cut the end off one of the attachment ends, drill a hole, cut the eye off a modified hook (used a Mustad 34011, I think) and epoxy it in the hole. If you want to change the direction, just flip the batteries and it rotates in the opposite direction.


Regards,
Scott

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My favorite loop tool is the Kelly Galloup Rising Tool- it's just a shepherds hook tool but it's very useful. I use it for many different applications. For spinners, I'm mostly disappointed or underwhelmed with the 4-5 I have on my bench tbh. 

 

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9 hours ago, robow7 said:

Does anyone have a favorite dubbing loop or dubbing spinner tool ?  I presently have a small twirler with the two small wire springs but it has no handle really and is hard for me to grasp and spin.  I've resorted to a bent out paper clip which works OK but want a tool with a nicer handle.  Do you have a favorite type of "end" that collects the thread loop, such as an "M" shape, or the small round hook, or the sprung 2 wire ?  Thanks for your input.  

I'm partial to the dubbing spinner from OPST for $23. It is very heavy and great for composite loops.

 

Kimo

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I borrowed a turkey skewer from wife's kitchen 40 years ago, it rolls/spins between finger and thumb easily and quickly, mine is pointed enough to use as a heavy bodkin too. A small button magnet on the vise stem will hold it and the twist out of the way or while I stop for some reason. 

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Watching this as i need all the help i can get with dubbing loops.    Wrist surgery is put off indefinitely due to covid19.   My dexterity makes dubbing loops a challenge

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This is the fastest and easiest dubbing twister that I have found. It has ball bearings and is machined so it is amazingly fast and smooth. No more Shepherd's Crook and sinker weight for me.

After I watched Gary using it, I got one for myself. Notice that he has modified his by cutting off a side of the arm so the loop stays closed and the single arm slips off the closed loop easily.

Modified by Gary

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Gary Borger » Blog Archive » Turbo Dubbing Twister

 

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