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Tag: pliers

Debarbing Hooks

If possible, debarbing a hook is best done at the tying vise prior to tying a fly. With a spring-loaded vise like this one, it's as simple as opening the jaws, inserting the hook perpendicular to the jaws and back from the jaw tip. You then slowly release the lever to close the jaws and mash the barb. Up close it looks like this: the barb should be...

Gear Review: Hatch Outdoors Tempest Pliers

Let's be honest. Van Staal is, and has been, the "gold standard" in fishing pliers for many years now, with very good reason. They don't rust, they always grab, and always cut even the thickest line materials. They've even become an icon—he (or she) who sports the Van Staals on the belt clearly knows quality. I have a pair of Van Staals myself, and love...

The Fly Tier's Toolbox

LEARNING TO TIE flies requires time and patience. You have to study what fish eat, learn about the different tying materials, and practice fashioning these ingredients into finished flies that catch fish. It's easy to get overwhelmed, and using poor-quality tools will make the experience more frustrating. Or maybe you're an experienced tier — not an...