Basics of Fly Tying Tools

Basics of Fly Tying Tools
As with any hobby, fly tying requires a number of tools to do the job properly. All tools have a specific function in producing fish catching flies for anglers.


The fly tying vise is the most important tool as this holds the hook in place while the angler ties the fly. Be sure to choose a vise with adjustable jaws that will hold any size hook.

Thread Bobbin

The thread bobbin is used to hold a spool of thread and allow the thread to come off in a uniform manner. These tools come in different sizes to accommodate various thread types.

Hair Stacker

This is a specialty tool used in conjunction with deer or elk hair fly patterns. The stacker allows for the proper amount if material to be used and keeps the hair in place while crafting the fly.

Whip Finisher

The whip finish tool is used at the eye of the hook to secure the thread when the fly is complete. Anglers then add a drop of head cement to secure the knot created by this unique tool.

Curved Scissors

While there are many types of scissors available to the fly tying angler, the curved point scissors provide pinpoint cutting on small dry flies and form perfect semi-circles for yarn flies.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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