9. Get a good, comfortable office chair, one that has adjustments for both seat height (I raised mine as high as it would go and haven't had a back - or neck ache in years) and backrest placement. The only part of your body that should ache after a few hours at the vise is your butt.
10. Use good light! I have a bank of fluorescent tubes in the ceiling over my bench and a 100-watt bulb in my tying lamp, which is only 6 inches above my vise head. The incandescent bulb eliminates the "buzz effect" of fluorescent tubes, which causes eyestrain and headaches for some tyers.
11. If you're going to tie a lot of tiny flies - say, #20 and smaller - either go see your optometrist for a pair of glasses that will focus at 10 to 12 inches or go to the drugstroe and get a pair of magnifiers. ~ A. K. Best
To be continued!
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