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Old 09-07-2010, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can anyone recommend a fly tying kit?

Looking to start dabbling in fly tying...mostly to experiment with patterns, colors, and variations of current flies...

Can anyone recommend a kit? I want a kit that I won't "outgrow". I'm not looking for anything super high end, but a kit with the essentials so I can start tying right away.

Any recommendations?
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you want a kit of tools, or a kit of supplies, or both?

I started with the bass pro shops trout fly kit. It took VERY little time before I upgraded my vise (theirs is really bad), and you shouldn't even start until you buy a new pair of scissors. Use the ones in the kit to cut wire or something, but they're not nearly good enough to even get you started. That kit comes with a handful of materials, some OK tools, a bad vise, and a DVD, which isn't bad. I think it'll get you going on 6 flies. It costs $70, I think.

Like I said though, I upgraded pretty quickly. I got the Peak trailhead package (http://www.peakfishing.com/VisePackages.html). They have less expensive packages as well, but I liked this one and haven't regretted it yet.

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Both!

I have nothing, so I'll be needing materials as well as the tools...
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I agree with Dozer. I wouldn't even bother with a kit. Get your vise on eBay or somewhere else, and spend a little more money to get a decent one. Next, go to a shop and have them set you up with the necessary tools and a decent pair of scissors. Last, pick out like 3-4 relatively easy patterns to tie and get the materials for those. I'd recommend picking out a couple patterns off Charlie's Flybox website and using his tutorials to get you started.

I had a kit once... I think its still in my attic back east at home...
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I'll go one step further...

Do what Eastcoastangler said, but instead of picking a couple flies at random, get Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying book. Go to a fly shop (Charlie's is a good one, since he did write the book, but if you're not close, whichever shop is your favorite) and ask them to set you up with the materials you'll need for the first 3 or 4 flies in the book. The book is awesome for walking you through learning the steps you'll need to tie flies without overwhelming you.

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I'll go one step further...

Do what Eastcoastangler said, but instead of picking a couple flies at random, get Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying book. Go to a fly shop (Charlie's is a good one, since he did write the book, but if you're not close, whichever shop is your favorite) and ask them to set you up with the materials you'll need for the first 3 or 4 flies in the book. The book is awesome for walking you through learning the steps you'll need to tie flies without overwhelming you.

Good luck!
You know, this is exactly what I wrote, but mine got nixed... WTF? Good advice there.
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thanks for the advice guys, I'll do that.

What's a good vise? I'm seeing prices all over the place...
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I really like my Peak, a lot. A lot of folks on here recommend Dyna King as well, which can be found on ebay for cheap! Check em out! Also, do a search on this forum, there are lots of vise discussions out there.
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thanks for the advice guys, I'll do that.

What's a good vise? I'm seeing prices all over the place...
I would start with a cheap vise myself until you find out what you like and what you will be tying the most. If you want a rotary, then the Danvise is a great way to start... around 75 bucks. Also you can buy a fixed one that is decent around 50-75 bucks. Don't go spending too much initially. You can always get about 75% back on ebay.
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I bought a brand new Dyna King Jr. Trekker vise on eBay for $140 new, retails for about $230... ah the wonders of eBay... Anyways, its a great vise, good starter as it holds hooks from sizes 6 to 24 without a problem, rotary, material holder, bobbin holder, its fantastic.
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