Fly Tying - Tools and Essentials

Fly Tying is full of gadgets and gizmos. Where to begin? From vises to hair stackers, there are fly tying tools to help you accomplish a multitude of tasks. While all of these tools are designed to make you more efficient and productive, you may not necessaritly need as much stuff as you think. We've simplified things in this section with a rundown of some of the basic tools that we believe to be true "essentials" when starting out in the world of fly tying. Come take a look! 


Tying a fly without a vise would not be much fun! Usually designed with a solid base or a clamp, the vise holds your hook solidly in place and lets you have both hands free to work. Good vises will feature adjustments to maximize your efficiency and visibility of the fly at different angles. 


Along with the vise, the bobbin is another crucial piece of fly tying equipment. The bobbin holds the thread spool and allows you to easily manage the thread and its tension during the tying process. Most good bobbins have a rounded edge around the tube opening so your thread won't get severed while tying a fly.

Bobbin Threader

Trying to thread your bobbin without a threader can be a maddening experience! This tool simply allows you to quickly pull the thread through the tube of the bobbin so you can get to tying quickly!


Fly tying scissors are often small in size. This makes them far less bulky than household scissors and lets you make the small, precise cuts that are so common in fly tying. With that said, a second larger-size scissor can also be useful for cutting thicker or harder materials.

Whip Finisher

The whip finisher ties a special knot to finish off your fly. This tool can be a little confusing at first, but with some practice using a whip finisher is quick, easy, and effective.


This simple, pointy tool has several handy uses such as cleaning hook eyes, picking out dubbing/hackle, and applying head name a few!

Hackle Pliers

Hackle pliers allow you to grip the feather securely when wrapping hackle around a fly's body. They can be handy when working with narrow and/or short feathers, or if you don't have particularly nimble fingers.


Using some type of glue, cement, or epoxy helps to secure materials or finish off the heads of flies after completion for added durability.