These are a couple of things that I have done with tools that have helped me out. Hopefully I can explain the picture well enough. The first thing, I find it much easier to have a flat white background on the surface of the tying table. it gives you contrast and your light reflects of off it and brightens the back side of the fly as well. I bought one of the wood 'benches' and I used it a lot, but not very many of them have a light colored background. The local hobby shop sells foam core poster board in various sizes, and it is cheap enough that once it gets too dirty it is very cheap to replace it (after you have flipped it over). You basically get two surfaces with one purchase.
A hair stacker back when I started was a significant amount of money, money that could be used for other materials. So I used the tube that chapstick comes in. The key to that is find one that has a squared off head. These can be found at the local dollar store. It doesn't look that big next to the aluminum one in the picture, but it will actually hold more hair than the $20 one. Once you have it gutted, clean it well and run a dryer sheet through it to remove the static electricity. The dryer sheet trick works on any hair stacker as well. Much easier to get the hair out of it doesn't have cling.
A very stiff toothbrush works for a dubbing brush, and it also works well to prep Coastal deer hair for Comparadun patterns. It is much finer than a typical hair comb. Use the side of it, not all of it - if that makes sense.
The long green tube laying crossways is RC model airplane engine fuel line. If you buy a foot of it, you can use it as a covering on slick tools like the pliers and the whip finisher shown here. They are much easier to hold on to. Cut in shorter pieces, it slides over scissor tips to protect them when you put them away or transport them. Also keeps you from stabbing yourself with them when you reach into a box or bag.
Flat jawed pliers to squish barbs down are very handy. Remember to always do this first - sometimes it can break the hook and it really sucks if you've already tied the fly.
The whip finisher with the hippy colored handle was the first one that I ever had. i liked working with it, but the handle part was very narrow and it was hard to hold on to. I used a Bic pen that had that woven cover on it and it slipped over the handle and it fit. I still use it today.
Hope someone gets some ideas and it helps out.