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BEGINNER'S FLY TYING KIT
This is a listing of the basic fly tying tools and equipment needed for the beginner. A fly tying vise, bobbin and scissors are some tools required. Other tools and equipment like a pair of forceps could be purchased at a later point in time if you start to get more serious about fly tying.
Figuring out what equipment and materials to buy can be confusing if you have never tied flies. It can also be expensive to say the least. Some options include asking a fly tying friend, sign up for a beginners fly tying lesson or talk with the sales person at your local fly tying shop.
ASK A FLY TYING FRIEND
If you have a friend who is a fly tyer usually they will be more than happy to get you started and might have some old equipment and materials you can use.
TAKE A BEGINNERS FLY TYING LESSON
If you have a chance, sign up for a fly tying lesson. A single lesson might not answer all your questions, but will get you started in the right direction with some hands on experience.
TALK WITH THE LOCAL FLY TYING SHOP
Talk with the sales person at your local fly tying shop. The basic equipment required is the same for most fly tying applications, but the material selection will depend on the style of fly you want to start tying.
BUYING A STARTER FLY TYING KIT
There are several manufactures of fly tying equipment that have starter kits. Starter kits will include all the tools needed to begin tying flies. The deluxe fly tying kits will also include a selection of feathers, materials and instructions needed to get started. The quality of the tools and material will be reflected in the price, but most fly tying starter kits are decent.
Watch some fly tying videos. There is a good selection of fly tying videos on the internet. YouTube is a good starting place...
If deciding to venture out on your own, then you will need a fly tying vise, bobbin and scissors at the minimum. Some hooks and thread will also be required. Depending on the fly pattern will determine what other materials are needed, but start simple and buy more materials as required. Good quality materials make a big difference in the finished product, but when tying the first couple practice flies you don't need to buy the best quality materials. As you start to get more experience, then material quality will become more of an issue.
FLY TYING VISES
The first thing you will need is a fly tying vise. Prices can run from $20 to several hundred dollars. Obviously you don't need to buy the most expensive fly tying vise and the least expensive vise will work. Your dedication and finances will be a major factor when deciding what fly tying vise to buy. We recommend buying a fly tying vise made in the USA. (If you live outside the USA then local manufacture might be more practical).
FLY TYING SCISSORS
A pair of scissors is essential when fly tying. You can use a pair of household scissors, but will eventually want a pair of scissors designed specifically for fly tying. Dedicated fly tyers will have several sets of fly tying scissors with unique features, but as a beginner, start with a pair of general use fly tying scissors.
FLY TYING BOBBIN
You will want a fly tying bobbin. A bobbin holds the spool of thread and help control thread tension while directing the flow of thread. Bobbins with spring tension arms are the most common and widely available. They are reasonably priced and simple in design.
The above tools might be all you need if tying flies like a woolly bugger, but other patterns that use hair, hackle or dubbing will require special tools designed for such applications. A hair stacker, hackle pliers, tweezers and most other tools can usually be purchased for less than $10 each.
What materials and feathers do you need? The answer depends on what patterns you plan to design. You will definitely need hooks and thread. Then depending on what patterns you plan to design, will determine what materials are needed. Most books or internet sites will include a recipe or list of materials required. With each new pattern you will start buying more materials. You will need different colors of thread, feathers, dubbing, tinsel, ect...
You will also need head cement and other odds and ends, but don't get too crazy in the beginning. A dedicated fly tyer might have 20-30 different colors of thread along with a complete spectrum of materials and tools, but as a beginner just take it one step at a time.
As your fly tying progresses you will start developing a preference for certain materials, your favorite threads and details such as which tools are most comfortable or brands that work best.
FLY TYING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT DISCLAIMER:
FLY TYING THREAD BOBBIN
FLY TYING SCISSORS
FLY TYING HAIR STACKER
FLY TYING BODKIN
FLY TYING HACKLE PLIERS
DUBBING TWISTER / SHEPHERD'S HOOK
FLY TYING DUBBING COMB, RAKE, ECT...
WHIP FINISH TOOL
FLY TYING TWEEZERS
FLY TYING FORCEPS
FLY TYING BURNISHING TOOL
MISC. FLY TYING TOOLS
FLY TYING VISES
LIGHTING AND VISUAL AIDS
BASIC FLY TYING TOOL KIT
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