Rated 4 out of 5 by ChrisInVA Good Bargain to Get Started in Fly Tying
I went with this kit for a couple of reasons. First is that, since I'm getting into fly-tying for the first time, I wanted enough materials to make a variety of flies. I didn't want to have to decide which flies I was going to tie and buy materials based on that, so this kit was great. I selected the bass kit because I am a fishing generalist, and many of the patterns and materials work well for both panfish and saltwater. For trout, I had to buy some additional materials and hooks.
Second is the video, which is excellent, and Lefty is just a hoot to listen to. He likes to say "Head See-Ment", which makes my kids laugh. He also explains the steps well enough for me to make all of the flies, although I still need some practice with the deer hair bugs.
The quality of the dear hair and bucktail were both very good. The other materials are average quality and plenty good enough for me. The vice is useable, but not the most straightforward to adjust.
Drawbacks: There are only a few hooks included, 4 or 5 of each style, and all of them were in the 1/0 size. Good for learning, but pretty large to throw with a fly rod, and tying a few each of the flies in the video will use up almost all of the hooks provided.
Also, no whip finisher is included. Rather, the video explains how to use your fingers to make a whip finish. I thought "no way", but after a few flies, I got the hang of it. But I have found that for smaller flies (trout flies), a whip finishing tool becomes more important.
April 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by OHfisherman Nice
The video that comes with the kit is most helpful as its like having a mentor in the room with you. Yet cooler as what you miss the first time you can go back and review with ease and convinience. Its a great starter kit that can be upgraded to suit each individuals preference.
February 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by PaterPhil Pretty Good Starter Kit
Many aspects of fly fishing can be quite intimidating for a beginner, just simply because there is so much to learn, especially if you lack a mentor.
The video alone makes this a worthwhile purchase. Lefty Kreh is an expert, and he is also a pretty good teacher. He does start with a couple of basic fundamentals, but he then immediately starts demonstrating some flies in such a fashion that you can master the fundamentals of basic tying while actually tying flies. I'v watched the video seven times, and had it up on a laptop for at least the first time through on each fly.
I would have given the whole kit five-stars except for three reasons. The equipment and materials in the kit did not really match what was being used in the video. It wasn't an issue for me, but to rate something perfect, everything should match, especially for a starter, in my opinion.
Second, the one place I think the video fails is in discussing the proportions of material to use. I am an exacting person, and I would prefer starting to know just how much is recommended to use. Like in cooking, once I have mastered the recipe, then I can feel free to modify the ingredients list to my liking.
There was plenty of dear hair, but I could have used a bit more white hackle. There was enough for one seaducer. Everything else, I was able to tie several times at least.
Other than that, I like the vice. It is not necessarily easy to understand how to use, but I will be doing so for a while. No need to upgrade for me immediately.
July 31, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 Good starter kit
Lots of fly tying equipment for the begtinning fly tyer. DVD was very helpful.
May 27, 2011