This week’s typing tip is in response to a question by Hatches reader, Nick S. from Boise, ID. Nick wanted to know if we had any suggestions for a small, lightweight fly tying vise to use streamside, or on backcountry fly-in/ hike-in fly fishing trips.
Like most fly tiers, you probably have an X-ACTO knife sitting on your fly tying bench. And like most fly tiers, you probably didn’t realize that this $2 tool easily converts into a nearly weightless fly tying vise. Simply unscrew the collet, remove the blade, insert your hook, and tighten the collet.
A standard X-ACTO knife should hold hook sizes between a #6 and #20 with minimal to no hook slippage. If you do experience any hook slippage, just slide the hook back into place and keep tying.
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