Affordable Fly Tying Kits?

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  1. dfl

    dfl Active Member

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    Thinking of fly tying on the cheap is like thinking of a low cost cocaine addiction. You can buy em way cheaper than you can tie em. Fun tho.
     
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    Saturday is my fly fishing club Party and Auction. There is a used Regal vise, vise tying station, tools and a bunch of tying materials included with it. (most from a Universal Tying kit plus pheasant, etc.)

    I don't expect it will sell. If that is the case I will let you know if the club will sell to a non member, along with a reasonable price. I think it would be perfect for you to get started, except you will want to buy some materials specific to tying saltwater patterns you listed.
     
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    I should add.... Evergreen Fly Club's annual fly tying class begins in January. Look for enrollment via City of Mukilteo Parks next week. Great way to get started. Classes are held near the Muk ferry at the newly built Rose Hill Community center on Wednesday nighs.
     
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    If you want just start with the basic tools and buy your own material, I see Spirit River offers a tool set that includes a basic vise.

    http://www.spiritriver.com/materials/tools/complete-tool-assortment

    Considering I started with a Thompson Model A vise and bought only enough materials and tools to tie one pattern I could no longer buy, I'd probably start with the tools and buy materials as you want for specific patterns. Otherwise, you'll end up with a lot of material that you may never use.
     
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    Sage advice!
     
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    This what you can tie with the Wapsi
    • Wooly Bugger
    • All Purpose Nymph
    • San Juan Worm
    • Stretch Tubing Scud
    • Foam Beetle
    • Poly Caddis
    • Brassie
    • Bead Head Caddis Larva
    • Fur Ant
    • Inchworm
    Not cheap material, and I use every single one of these.
     
  7. GAT

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    Yeah, but what if he just wants to tie steelhead flies? :)

    Seriously, if the Wapsi kit includes materials to tie that number of different patterns, it's far and away better than the old beginner kits that were sold. It would certainly get someone started.
     
  8. Vladimir Steblina

    Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    Wait......I bought my Thompson Model A vise 40 years and it is still the only vise I own. Maybe that's why after 40 years I am still a pretty bad tyer.

    However, this in my humble opinion, is the best book to learn how to tie flies. "How to tie freshwater flies" by Kenneth Bay.

    All the flies are old standard eastern patterns, but it is by far the best book I have found on learning to tie. You tie ten of the standard patterns.

    I did buy two of the wapsi kits as gifts. One became a good tyer. The other still has the kit and has failed to even tie one fly on his own.
     
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    I have Skip Morris's Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple that helped me a lot that you can have for free if you want it.
     
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    You know, when I started out I bought a Thompson Model A, it was pricy at $12 but I still use it today. The little box vises that Cabellas sells are marginally OK, they will get you by, but they are not as good as the old Model A or the Herters $3 vises of old. If you are sure you want to get into this, I would recommend the Renzetti Traveler, but it is a pretty pricy start. If that is too much to swallow I'd go with the Cabellas ones that come in a box for about $30. That will hold you for a while. The main criteria is that it hold a wide range of hook sizes firmly. Don't buy the kits, they have a bunch of crap you will never use. Buy the vise and then the materials for the patterns you want to tie!
     
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  11. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Never seen a hand held vice, please enlighten me
     
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    I have that wapsi kit. Most of the materials are what you would buy in a good fly shop, but you'll need to get some dry fly hackle if you want to tie any basic dries. It's also lacking a whip finish tool.
     
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    Oh sure, if teenage girls haven't bought all the dry fly quality hackle feathers to weave into their hair! :)