For about three years now, I have been tying production bugs for the shop I work at and I've learned quite a bit along the way. These learned tactics and procedures have not only allowed me to supplement my income doing something I generally love to do, but it has also greatly increased my productivity when tying bugs for my own use. On average, I end up whipping out about two dozen flies a night to keep up with sales, and without these few rules, I'm pretty sure I would have blown my brains out by now.
Rule number one: Pre-organize materials. If you're tying beadheaded flies, put beads on hooks and add lead wraps if necessary before starting your tying session. Pre measure hackles, lengths of wire, sections of feathers, etc and set aside.
Rule number two: Be consistent. Consistency is key in tying production. Your buyer generally will expect each product to end up looking as similarly as possible, so do your best to make every bug look the same
Rule number three: Don't get distracted. If you're like me, you have many other things you could be doing while you're tying, so make the most of your time and just get it done!
Rule number four: Don't be wasteful. Making the most out of your materials will maximize the number of bugs you can whip out, and in turn, make you more money! Don't cut more chenille or wire than you need. Cut only the necessary amount of materials needed. Tie sparse!
Rule number five: Have fun and get it done! You're tying flies for profit... Can't beat that!