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Tip 1
Always use a bobbin for any long material especially if you have rotary vise. Learn to tie using your wire in a bobbin. This saves time and resources.
 
Tinsel, tubing, wire, anything that is long and skinny that can be wound on a spool, should be. It takes a while to learn to tie with a bobbin but it pays off in handling material. See Zebra Midge.

Tip 1.5
Handling fine wire can be tricky as it can twist and then break. In tying flies it basically means it is a complete redo. If you have a rotary vise, then use this feature to keep from twisting the wire on the spool. If you don't, then a little extra care is needed. Keep the distance from the fly to the bobbin a little bit longer as when you wind the bobbin around the fly, the twisting is dispersed over a longer distance. I, also, cut the wire back about a inch before starting a new fly. While it use more wire to complete a fly it seems to reduces breakage
     
Tip 2.0
Use hackle for tail material. It is very uniform and you can adjust the tail length by selecting different size of hackle. See TM BWO Nymph or TM PMD.
   
Tip 3.0
Prep your materials in bulk. While somewhat obvious, prepping your material to tie a dozen flies at a time help insure the consistency as well as being faster.
 
Tip 4.0
Use wire for a bead head. See Zebra Midge.

Tip 5.0
Use Micro Chenille for dubbing. It is far easier to work with and is more consistent. I typically treat a new whole bundle with Hydrostop and let it dry throughly before using in tying flies.

Tip 6.0
Treat all flies with Hydrostop. It is fast when done in bulk and it does seem to help keep dry flies from getting wet.