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PESCATOREJuly 12th, 2016, 8:55 pm
Rancho Cordova, CA

Posts: 17
I believe this is the correct forum for tying tools, if not, ping me.

I have some very old scissors for fly-tying work that have served me well but, it's time to replace them. They go back a long way, and the manufactures are no longer producing them so, I must look at what is available in todays market.

I would like to hear your pros' and con's regarding the Scissors you use and would recommend. For me, quality is Number 1, so I don't skimp when it comes to tools. I also appreciate very fine pointed scissors for getting at those tight spots. One pair of scissors for general use and the other for the very tight cuts.

The manufactures I have looked at and read about are the following:

Anvil, Dr. Slick, Loon and the line that Orvis offers.

Feedback from users is important, it narrows the field much quicker, than tons of reading. Remarks and suggestions, are welcome and appreciated.



RogueratJuly 13th, 2016, 5:27 am
Posts: 448
This could get pretty subjective, although I've used all the makers you've noted with the exception of Orvis tools...

BUT, I prefer and use Dr Slick exclusively now.

They come sharp, stay sharp, and have served well.

My 2 cents.

PlanettroutJuly 13th, 2016, 9:00 am
Los Angeles, CA / Pullman, WA

Posts: 53
I have narrowed down my favorite scissors brands to Dr. Slick - Razor and Tungsten Carbide and the curved Anvil scissors:!/Fly-Tying/c/13991404/offset=0&sort=normal

They work for most of my cutting needs...

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MartinlfJuly 13th, 2016, 12:18 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2968
OK, some will call this heresy, but although I have four or five other pair of more expensive tying scissors, I mostly use a pair of Fiskars 5" micro tip scissors (Under 10.00). They stay sharp, can be tightened, and the point will get in almost anywhere I need it to go. I've had them for over 10 years, and don't expect to replace them anytime soon.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
RogueratJuly 13th, 2016, 12:34 pm
Posts: 448

this isn't heresy, or in my case, 'hairesy' because I use Fiskars (one blade serrated) for cutting and trimming all kinds of hair- deer, elk, whatever- for my warm-water tying. Guess I was focused on what I use for hackle.

You're 100% right in that they stay sharp and can be tweaked with a screwdriver if need be.

BTW I'm going to look for the micro-tip Fiskars, think a fabric or notions store would carry these?

PESCATOREJuly 13th, 2016, 5:36 pm
Rancho Cordova, CA

Posts: 17

I appreciate the quick responses and what works good for you.These remarks are all very good, I will take into account what you have said, when I zero in on my purchase.

Thanks All,



OldredbarnJuly 13th, 2016, 5:54 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2599
I have an old pair of black handled Skeeters I have used for many years. Not sure they are still made though. I wigged out and bought some German scissors years back as well that were costly but still functioning...Also have the obligatory Dr Slick's as does everyone else here it seems...:)

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GutcutterJuly 15th, 2016, 10:38 am

Posts: 470
Take a look at Solingen. A fairly expensive but very fine line of fly tying shears.
I got mine from Chris Helm before he passed. I believe they are still being sold through Whitetail Flytieing
All men who fish may in turn be divided into two parts: those who fish for trout and those who don't. Trout fishermen are a race apart: they are a dedicated crew- indolent, improvident, and quietly mad.

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PESCATOREJuly 15th, 2016, 5:43 pm
Rancho Cordova, CA

Posts: 17


Thanks for the info. I have some Solingen knives in my kitchen, funny I never thought about looking at their small scissors.

Thanks for the tip.


MartinlfJuly 15th, 2016, 6:45 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2968

I think mine came from a craft store, and I've seen them lots of places--always wondering if I'll ever need to replace them. My brother-in-law had them on his tying table, which I often use when visiting, and I liked them. He also uses his a lot. If you get a pair, let us know what you think.

"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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