Saving Time
By AK Best

More from A.K. Bests', Advanced Fly Tying, chapter on Saving Time:

    4. If you use the standard loop scissors, hone all the outside surfaces round and smooth so that you can insert the closed points into the final loop of a hand whip-finish as you pull it tight. It'll save you time in not having to pick up your bodkin and put it back for the same purpose.

    5. Magnetize your bodkin and needlenose pliers. This will make picking up tiny hooks a breeze!

    6. Keep several bobbins spooled with the colors and thread sizes you use most often. It save the time it takes to spool a bobbin with new thread each time you tie a new pattern.

    7. Learn to use a bobbin cradle to keep the bobbin from hanging down in the exact spot where you don't want it when you're wrapping a quill or, worse yet, while you're hackling a dry fly. By having the bobbin well out of the way, you'll be able to focus your attention on a single act rather than two at once. I don't like bobbin cradles that are attached to the upright stem of the vise, because the thread length changes each time I rotate the arm of the cradle. I prefer a freestanding bobbin cradle that attaches to the bench with its own C-clamp. If you can't find one or don't want to spend the time making your own, a plastic iced tea glass with some weight in the bottom works quite well. ~ A. K. Best

    To be continued!

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