White River Fly Shop Fly Tying Kit - Bass Tying
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
I would rate it 4.5 if i could, its not the greatest thing ever but it is darn close. At first it seems like very little marterial is included but once you start tying you relize just how far the material goes. In reality, plenty is included for the beginer. All the tools are of great quality. The vise is easy to use and is strong. Everything is labled. there is plenty of hooks. I only wish they included more eyes.
December 18, 2008
This is a great product. I got this for my birthday and use it all the time. The CD is a little confusing at first but once you get going it's very easy from there. Not only can you tie the flies that are mentioned on the CD but you can even tie some flies of your own because of the surplus of materials. I've tied some great flies and continue using it! I use it all the time!
December 10, 2009
for a novice like myself, this kit is a good deal for the beginner fly tyer, there is a very informative DVD from Lefty.
The packages are clearly labeled. the tools supplied seem decent. You will need to have some pliers and nice file for the hooks, lefty mentions this in the DVD. I watched the DVD last night and plan on starting the fly tying this week.
January 7, 2008