Light for Fly tying

General information for lighting fly tying workplaces

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For passionate fly fishers, fly tying is a popular pastime, especially in the winter months when the fishing season is usually over. Tying nymphs, wet flies and streamers is a demanding craft that is very demanding for our eyes. In order to be able to recognize the fine binding threads (dubbing), the hair, the yarn, and the tails precisely and to reproduce the artificial fly accurately in every detail, the right binding light is essential for the result in addition to craftsmanship. Especially in winter, when there is no daylight, the fly tyer needs an artificial light source to illuminate the tying stick in order to wrap natural patterns and faithfully reproduce colours. Yellow light, which is too bright or dazzling, can negatively affect our eyes and motor skills and the tied fly does not match our expectations. In the following, we would like to show you which characteristics the tying lamp should have to avoid mistakes and unpleasant surprises during fly tying.

Illuminance & Colour Rendition

A first important property for the light at the vice is the illuminance value. This is particularly important for the recognition of the small details of the artificial fly. In order to be able to see the millimeter-thin threads with the naked eye, we recommend a tying light with an illuminance of at least 2800 lux. For a natural fly, the correct colour selection of the dubbings, hair, and yarn is also essential. The so-called CRI (Colour rendering index) of a luminaire indicates how naturally a colour is recognized in artificial light. The reference value here is sunlight, i.e. natural daylight to which a CRI value of 100 is ascribed. The higher the CRI value of a binding lamp, the more natural the colours of the binding threads are reproduced. Since the right choice of colour is decisive for the quality of the tied bow tie, we recommend luminaires with a CRI value of at least 80, better 90.


The filigree, metallic tools used for fly tying, such as fine scissors, dubbing needles or peg clamps, reflect the light and can create disturbing reflected glare, which limits our ability to identify. The ideal binding light should therefore optimally illuminate the binding cane without dazzling so that the fine threads can be precisely identified at any time.


With a flexible articulated arm, you can move your light over the binding cane according to your individual needs and adjust it if necessary. Various mounting options allow you to individually integrate the tying light into your fly tying workbench according to space requirements and personal preferences.

RMD Task-Lights

The wide range of our RMD articulated, drawbar or magnifier luminaires offer a variety of different lighting solutions at a top price-performance ratio. They are suitable for sufficient, natural daylight-like lighting on the tying pole and can be perfectly integrated into your fly tying workbench. Furthermore, our tying lights are flicker-free, optimally glare-free and without UV and heat emission. This prevents premature or unintentional hardening of the UV adhesive. If you want a strong illumination as well as an object magnification to view the fine details of the artificial fly in magnified form, one of our RMD magnifier lamps with different magnification factors is suitable.

Economical Aspect

In addition to energy-efficient lighting, sustainability plays a major role for fly fishers. With particularly durable, energy-efficient LED modules and a sustainable aluminum housing, our RMD Task-Lights are not only an enrichment for your fly tying workstation, but also for our environment.

To summarize, the most important quality features resulting from the DIN standards and guidelines for optimum lighting for fly tying are shown below.

Quality Requirements

  • Strong, large-area light
  • Colour temperature neutral white from 3300 Kelvin to 5300 Kelvin
  • Colour rendition CRI 80 better CRI 90
  • Glare- and flicker-free light

  • No stroposcopic effects
  • Balanced illuminance distribution

* from DIN 5035-3:2006-07; DIN EN 12464-1 “Light and Illumination – Indoor Lighting”; ASR A3.4


Our RMD workstation luminaires are recommended as follows. They consider specified quality requirements and represent the best-selling products sold to our fly fishermen. Of course, you can have a look at other RMD workplace luminaries and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.