- Holds hook in place
- Basic types
– 1. Basic Clamp/Cam Jaw (Thompson A)
– 2. Spring Jaw (Regal)
– 3. Rotary vice (not all are true rotary)
- Holds Thread Spool
- Probably the most important tool. HELPS CONTROL THREAD DIRECTLY
- Different types some have ceramic tubes or inserts to keep from wearing (worn bobbin can cut thread)
3. Half Hitch Tool – used to make half hitches on hook to secure thread (keep from unraveling). The fly head will need to be treated with head cement
4. Whip Finish Tool – used to secure the thread at head of fly. The Extended Whip Finisher is used to whip a fly off at rear of the hook instead of the head. (example: used for Zonker Streamers)
5. Scissors – Used to prepare and trim materials of the fly. Blades come in lengths, point styles, straight or curved, blades serrated or non-serrated. Best to have a cheap pair for rough cutting and a fine pair for actual material trimming on hook.
6. Hackle Pliers – used to ease the grabbing hackle (feathers used to wrap around hooks in fly creation)
7. Hair Stacker – used to align the tips (natural ends) of various animal hair used primiarly in wings of flies. These come in various sizes.