Another homemade gadget that I'd be lost without
is my "third hand." I don't know what else to
call it, but that is its function - it holds spade
hackles by the butt while I clip off a segment for
tailing. It also hold 6-inch strips of moose, deer,
or elk while I cut off segments of hair for stacking
or spinning. It's not easy to hold a 2- or 3-inch
square of deer hair in your hand or balance it on
your knee while you cut off just the right amount
for spinning or stacking. And the square is always
falling on the floor or in the Waste Trol basket
(a product make to attach to the tying bench to catch
trimmings). It's much easier to cut the right amount
of hair from a 3/4-inch strip than from a 2- to 3-inch
square. All you need to make this handy gadget is
spring-loading clothespin and a tongue depressor.
I attach mine to the bench with a small C clamp. ~ A.K. Best
Credits: Excerpt from Production Fly Tying
by A.K. Best and published by Pruett Publishing Company.
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