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Fly Tying Tools & Vices
Our range of Fly Tying Equipment contains all the essential items a fly tyer cannot do without. These include items such as fly tying vices. We import our fly tying vices from around the world ensuring you have a choice of some of the best models on the market. Good quality fly tying tools will make your time spent fly tying much more enjoyable and we have tools in stock suitable for both beginners and experienced fly tyers alike. You will also find our comprehensive choice of fly tying hooks in this category, with common hook styles such as nymph hooks, grub hooks, short shank and long shank fly tying hooks as well as fly tying single, double and treble hooks that are perfect for tying Trout, Salmon, Pike and Predator and Saltwater flies. For anglers who enjoy fishing with tube flies we stock a great selection of clear, coloured and fluorescent tubing from brands such as Veniards and Tubeworx giving you lots of choice for tube fly tubing and a special category dedicated to tube fly hooks. If you are new to fly tying and are looking for a complete solution, consider one of our fly tying kits, which offer everything you need to get started and allow you to tie the most common patterns with ease. Finally our range of books and DVDs have been chosen by our staff and customers as the best available which will entertain you and provide you with the knowledge needed to master those new fly tying patterns.
The art of fly tying requires precision, creativity and the right set of tools. Essential to any fly tyer's bench - tools and vices ensure that the tying process is efficient, accurate and enjoyable. Let's look into these indispensable items in more detail.
What are fly tying tools and vices used for?
Fly tying tools and vices assist in various tasks:
Holding: Securely grip the hook while materials are applied.
Manipulating: Adjust, place or handle various tying materials.
Trimming: Cut materials to the desired size or shape.
Finishing: Secure and finish the fly neatly.
Fly Tying Vices:
The vice is the primary tool in fly tying, used to hold the hook securely while materials are tied onto it. The critical aspects of vices are:
Types: There are mainly two types: pedestal (sits on a base) and clamp (attaches to the edge of a table).
Rotation: Rotary vices allow the hook to be rotated, offering a 360-degree view and making it easier to wrap materials around the hook. Non-rotary vices are stationary.
Jaws: The gripping component that holds the hook. They should be able to grip various hook sizes securely.
Material: Most are made of durable metals like stainless steel or aluminum.
Essential Fly Tying Tools:
Beyond the vice, a variety of tools are essential for different aspects of fly tying:
Scissors: Precision tools for cutting thread, fur, feathers and other materials. They come in various sizes and shapes, with some designed for specific tasks.
Bobbin Holder: A tool that holds the spool of thread, allowing for controlled thread tension and smooth wrapping.
Whip Finisher: Used to tie off the thread securely at the head of the fly.
Hackle Pliers: Grip the tip of a feather (hackle) to wrap it around the hook.
Bodkin or dubbing needle: A pointed tool used for tasks like applying head cement, teasing out fibers or clearing hook eyes.
Hair Stacker: Aligns the tips of animal hairs (like deer or elk) for tails or wings.
Dubbing Twister: Helps in twisting loose dubbing materials around the thread to form a "rope."
Tweezers: Useful for placing small materials or removing unwanted fibers.
Choosing the Right Tools and Vice:
While beginners might start with a basic set of tools and a simple vice, as one progresses in fly tying, there might be a desire to upgrade or add specialised tools. Factors like durability, ergonomics and precision play a role in selection. Some fly tyers also place importance on the aesthetics of their tools, opting for beautifully crafted pieces that offer both functionality and visual appeal.
In summary, fly tying tools and vices are foundational to the craft. The right tools can enhance the tying experience, leading to better flies and a more enjoyable process. As with many crafts, the best tools often come down to personal preference and the specific requirements of the patterns being tied.