scissors copyEvery fly tying bench needs a good pair of scissors and, for plenty of us, maybe several! When choosing scissors for fly tying you should think in terms of the ‘Big Three’ –

  • Arrow – These scissors have short, fine blades and a notch to cut wire and lead and are most commonly about 3.5” in length. Use these scissor if you tie small flies without much mass or material.
  • Hair – With long heavy blades, hair scissors designed for large flies and tough materials. They are typically about 4.5”.
  • All-purpose scissor – A good all round scissor is a staple on any fly tying bench. We suggest starting with the 4” length.

In addition to the big three, there are a wide variety of refinements available to every fly tyer’s needs. If you are tying especially small flies, you can try micro-tip scissors. They can handle the most delicate of tying jobs. If you have especially large hands purchase open or large loop scissors. Choose serrated scissors if you are cutting materials that might slip. There are special ergonomically designed scissors like twisted loop, bent shaft and the sixth finger.

Most fly tying scissors are made of stainless steel but if you are looking a very long life and super-sharp blades, step up to a pair made of tungsten carbide. They are worth the extra $’s. Speaking of cost, in scissors you tend get what you pay for. There are premium brands like Dr. Slick that offer a wide variety of scissors, styles, sizes and materials. On the other end of the spectrum, try our low-cost Just Simply Tools brand. Check out all our fly tying scissors now!

Many thinks to the Dr. Slick Co. for providing background information in support of this post.

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