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8 Outstanding New Fly-tying Tools, Vises, Kits and More

To Tie For

With These New Accessories, It Won't Take Long to Restock Your Fly Boxes

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

Tie School

The goal of any amateur fly tier should be to produce functional flies of consistent—if not museum—quality. Here are a few tips for the tying bench.

Plan

Save time and improve your craft by tying five or more of the same flies in one sitting. Lay out enough materials and hooks to complete all the flies at once. If you’re tying different sizes of the same pattern, start with the biggest and work your way down to the smallest as you get in the groove.

Produce

Stay organized by keeping the materials to the left of your vise, your tools on the right and a small trash receptacle within easy reach. Tie with good light and a plain background to eliminate glare and shadows, and to avoid eye strain.

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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