I would like to make a point! We need to support the people that spend the time and money doing research and development for our tying tools. The companies involved in copying and flooding the market with look-a-likes and knockoffs will not spend time or money developing anything new for us. Normally the difference in the cost of the real tools and the others is minimal. The cheapest tool is the one you can use over the years and be satisfied. It is expensive to purchase something that doesn’t work properly or doesn’t feel good in your hands. You will end up giving it away, selling it or throwing it away.
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The Fly Tying Vise is the most important tool in tying flies. The Fly Tying Vise is what holds the hook in place while you are tying the fly. The are two main types of fly tying vises, a rotary vise and a fixed jaw vise. The rotary vise has a rotating head that will keep the fly in place and on the same place when rotated. This is a great feature for saltwater flies, streamers, deer hair flies and epoxy flies. By no means is the rotary function necessary.

Vice PDF
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The Fly Tying Bobbin will hold the fly tying thread and allow for the thread to be applied to the hook. There are two main types of fly tying bobbins, ceramic and non-ceramic. Ceramic Bobbins are more expensive, but well worth the price. The Ceramic inserts on the tip of the bobbin will protect the fine fly tying thread. Without the ceramic, the bobbin will develop burrs and grooves in the metal. This will cause the thread to constantly break during tying, very frustrating! Plain bobbins are meant for lead wire and brass wire, not fine fly tying threads.

Materials PDF
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Fly Tying Scissors are different than other scissors due to the fine tips, compact size, serrated blades and even closing tips. Fly Tying Scissors are considered very high quality scissors are not to be used to cut wire or metal materials.
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The Whip Finisher is the tool used to tie off the fly. The Whip Finisher ties a knot, with the thread, onto the head of the fly. That way the fly does not come unraveled when fly fishing. The Whip Finisher is not easy to use and takes some time getting used to. Do not get frustrated trying to learn the whip finishing tool, it will come with time and practice.

Hand Whip Finish PDF
Matarelli and Thompson Whip Finisher PDF
The Fly Tying Hair Stacker is a tool used to even the tips of hair. This is an important tool, because hair is not naturally even. If a clump of deer hair is tied in without the hair stacker, it will be uneven and ugly. A hair stacker is needed to even the fibers on wings and tails of dry flies.
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Hackle Pliers are an extension of your fingers. The Hackle Pliers are used to grasp hackle tips, wire and other fly tying materials. Hackle Pliers are best used on delicate or short pieces of material and aid the fly tyer in wrapping material around the hook.
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You can’t tie Flies with out a Hook. There are numerous manufactures out there.

Mustard Hook Chart
Musted Signature Series
Mustad hook Comparison Chart
All About Hooks
A Fly Tyers guide to Hooks