. Beginners and advanced tyers alike need the best tools they can afford. You need the following quality tools :
> Sharp, fine pointed scissors for cutting fine materials. Also a second pair of general purpose scissors. Never cut wire or hard materials with your fine points.
> Whip finisher - we suggest using a Materelli as it is designed to do the job better.
> Hackle pliers- one that holds a hackle securely. Many good one are available but we like the Griffin rotating one, especially when using a rotary style vise.
> Bodkin - for delivering head cement to secure a finished head, and for picking out thorax legs on buggy nymphs. Make your own or buy one, but be sure the handle is not round or it will roll around your bench!
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Some additional tools to buy we find productive:
> Beadzer - to handle cyclops beads or others. This tool makes the job easier to mount beads on the hook.
> Portable light source. We like the white natural light produced by "Daylight and Ott Brand".
> Magnum hair stacker - this new "jumbo" style allows you to cut and stack more hair at one time - saving time and getting your bucktails off your bench while tying.
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