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FLY TYING SCISSORS
A good pair of fly tying scissors can make a big difference. Department store scissors are not designed for fly tying purposes. You will want a pair of scissors specifically designed for tying flies, that are smaller and have a sharper cutting edge.

General Purpose Fly Tying Scissors
General Purpose Fly Tying Scissors
Above scissors are about 4" long with
large fixed finger holes.

Most fly tiers usually have at least three pairs of scissors. They will use the best pair for cutting threads and detail work, with a second pair for general use such as hair and furs, keeping a third pair of old scissors used to cut tinsel, wire and kevlar threads. If you use your best scissors to cut metal, the cutting edge will be quickly dulled.

There are several different styles of fly tying scissors and the basic rule is to choose the pair that is most comfortable for your hand. Most fly tying scissors have a large loop handle that can easily accommodate the fingers.

GENERAL PURPOSE SCISSORS
General purpose fly tying scissors are used to cut thread, hair and furs, ect... and are one of your most used and important pieces of equipment. For beginner fly tiers, you can purchase a decent pair of general purpose scissors for $10-$15 and as you get more serious, then can upgrade to more professional quality scissors.

Fine Point Scissors
Fine Point Scissors

FINE POINT SCISSORS
Used for cutting single fibers and for detail work. You can cut a single hair without disturbing any of the surrounding hairs. The tips of these scissors are tapered to a very fine point and are easily damaged. Only use these scissors for true detail work and put them back in the protective sleeve when finished. You could survive without a pair of fine point scissors, but it is good to have a pair as you start getting more serious about fly tying.

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Pair of Scissors with a Bent Up Curved Tip Blade

CURVED TIP SCISSORS
Curved tip scissors allow for a better angles when accessing hard to reach areas.

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Stem of a Amherst Pheasant that was cut with a
pair of curved tip scissors and the other tippet has
been cut with straight edge scissors. Notice the
difference in taper produced from the curved
tip scissors. When tying the feather onto the
hook will be smoother transition with less bulk.

A little secret we read in a book from the 1800's is that curved tip scissors cut material at an angle that produces tapered edges making for less bulk when tied onto the fly. The little details can make a difference when striving for perfection such as demanded when tying a Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly.

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A Pair of Spring Handle Scissors

SPRING HANDLE SCISSORS
The best advice at present would be to try a pair of Spring Handle Scissors and see what you think. They work great with a smooth cutting action. Some people love them and others are less enthusiastic.

Hair Thinning Scissors
Hair Thinning Scissors

HAIR THINNING SCISSORS
Used for thinning hair as the name implies. The cutting edge has been designed so that when cutting hair only some of the fibers will be cut. With gaps in the cutting edge, most of the fibers are left untouched and the result is less bulk.
Serrated Blade
Close-Up view of a serrated blade

SERRATED EDGE SCISSORS (Laser Edge)
Serrated scissors offer a better grip and cleaner cut. Only one blade needs to be serrated, but if both blades are serrated it provides a little extra gripping power. The serrations are very small and can be difficult to see, but you can feel them by carefully rubbing your finger along the inside edge of the cutting blade.

Parts of a Pair of Scissors

Parts of a pair of Scissors

QUALITY OF SCISSORS
Not all scissors are created equal and as you get more serious about fly tying, will appreciate a great pair of scissors. The metal and alloys used in the manufacturing of the scissors are important. Low quality metal and the scissors won't hold a sharp cutting edge and are easily damaged. Stainless steel scissors are usually a good choice for the price. For serious fly tiers a pair of scissors made with tungsten carbide or other high grade alloys would be justified.

Stainless steel is manufactured from iron,
1% carbon, and a minimum of 10% chromium.

Scissors should always be stored in a closed position. Scissors stored in an open position are easy to be dulled.


FLY TYING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
FLY TYING THREAD BOBBIN
FLY TYING SCISSORS
FLY TYING HAIR STACKER
FLY TYING BODKIN
FLY TYING HACKLE PLIERS
DUBBING TWISTER / SHEPHERD'S HOOK
FLY TYING DUBBING COMB, RAKE, ECT...
WHIP FINISH TOOL
FLY TYING TWEEZERS
FLY TYING FORCEPS
FLY TYING BURNISHING TOOL
MISC. FLY TYING TOOLS
FLY TYING VISES
LIGHTING AND VISUAL AIDS
BASIC FLY TYING TOOL KIT

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FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING SCISSORS