Fly Tying Vises
Having the proper fly tying vise is extremely important in making dressed hooks. Take it from a tying professional. I have made my share of mistakes in choosing the wrong tying vise in the past. Vises that were too small. Made of materials that didn’t hold during tying productions runs. I always recommend finding a vise that is affordable.
- Here is what I look for in a fly tying vise:
- Metal Jaws
- Hold hooks up to 8/0.
- Rotating features
- Strong holding power to the table.
The vise I recommend at a good value with all these features is
Wolff Industries, Inc. Atlas Rotary Fly Tying ViseCheck it out here:
The thread bobbin is another area I overlooked when wanting to tie dressed hooks. I chose the cheap ones in the beginning. These bobbins did not have ceramic tubes and would often cut the thread from the metal ends.
- Here is what I look for in a fly tying thread bobbin:
- Handle spools of all sizes
- Fit well in the hand
- Ceramic tube
Over time these are the most replaced item in your fly tying arsenal. I have gone through so many of these over the years. Buying the most expensive on this item doesn’t really count in my book.
Here is what I recommend in a bobbin threader:
- Easy to find
- Thin wire
- Good handle
Tying scissors need to fit in your hand extremely comfortable. Having a good pair of scissors can make the best tying experience all around. In the past, I have used name brands such as Dr. Slick, Anvil, Flying Mikes, and other generic brands. The key to the tying scissors is to be able to adjust the finger holes. That is why I chose only to use Anvil tying scissors now.
Here is what I look for in tying scissors:
- Rubber handles
- Sharp edges
- Adjustable finger holes
Most anything can be a good tying caddy. I chose to the foam products for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons is the ability to have the foam expand as tool designs change and the holes no longer fit older tools. The foam caddy doesn’t slide on the tying desk. The compartments tools and head cement is a winning feature.
Here is what I look for in a fly tying caddy:
- Lots of holes and compartments
- Doesn’t slide on the tying desk
- Can expand as my tool selection grows
That closes my recommendations in getting started in tying dressed hooks for fishing big fish species such as Musky and Pike. These tools are best used for other tying hooks as well.