Tip #1 – Keeping the thread from retracting all the way onto the spool
Very often we want to lay the bobbin down or put it away. If you are tying a number of flies using the same thread get in the habit of “hanging” the bobbin on the thread post between flies which will prevent the thread from retracting all the way and require “re-threading”.
If you want to put the bobbin away use a rubber cone to hold the thread from retracting or pull out about 18” of thread and slowly retract it onto the bobbin which will leave a few inches of slack. These techniques will become automatic very soon.