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Old 04-17-2017, 08:20 AM   #1
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Beginner's Fly tying kit

Interested in learning how to tie my own flies. Any recommendations on a good beginners kit? I saw that Orvis offered a couple of options. Didn't know what other options were available. Not looking at impressing anybody or breaking the bank, just want something that is decent quality and good for a beginner. Thanks.
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Old 04-17-2017, 10:06 AM   #2
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I would consider buying a used vice and materials from ebay or craigslist. Lots of folks invest a lot of money in a vise and materials and then later decide tying flies is not for them, so they dump it on ebay. If your a beginner, an inexpensive vise is fine, you can always upgrade later if you enjoy the hobby. I have been tying flies on a $45 vise for years, but you can spend hundreds on the vise alone.
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I agree with Salty Waders, I bought a used kit on 2cool and it worked out fine.

If you buy a kit, I would buy the tools only (Cabela's has one for $40), and then watch a few videos (intheriffle on youtube is a good source) and buy only the materials you need for one or two flies. It's really easy to buy a ton of stuff that you really won't use.

For example, for saltwater around here, a clouser minnow and a redfish crack fly IMO are a good couple of starters.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:49 PM   #4
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I agree with Outearly......only buy the tools. Kits often have a bunch of materials in them that you will never need or use. The other thing is scissors. Most all kits have inferior quality scissors and you'll need them in several sizes and you'll need a good quality....like Henckels for example. You want the tips to cut easily.

Then query the fly fishermen in your area, as to their favorite flies (patterns) and buy the materials needed for them.

Also start visiting craft stores, as they often have things that can double as fly tying materials. I once got about a dozen sailfish flies (now about $12 apiece) for $3.99, when I bought a feather duster at a dollar store.
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Hook and hackle offer some just tools kits that look pretty good. J.Stockard is another source of tools and vises and kits. I've ordered materials online from both outfits. You might check cabelas to see what they have too.

You might do a search online for best value fly tying vise. Griffin comes to mind as a value brand. You may want something with the name Orvis on it, but there are lots of other quality suppliers out there.

YouTube has great tying videos often with a materials needed list. I didn't see what you want to tie or what fish you are after. Tiny flies tend to be more difficult to tie than bigger ones. A size 10 or 12 olive wooly bugger is not a hard tie and will catch a variety of freshwater fish. Redfish crack isn't a hard tie either. I think I followed Scott Null's version on YouTube. Clousers work fresh or salt, but are a little tough to get right when someone just has started tying.
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You can do a lot with just a few tools. A bobbin, bodkin and good scissors. If you learn how to whip finish with your fingers you don't need a whip finisher. Any vice that can clamp down on a hook and you can bend the hook without it moving in the vice jaws will work. If it rotates, that's a plus. Gel super glue, thread and a few choice materials like everyone mentioned and your in business.
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