White River Fly Shop® Fly Tying Kit - Bass Tying
Lefty's favorites well presented
There are some issues with this kit that prevent it from getting a 5 star rating.....
The VHS tape is definately misrepresented in the add as being a DVD, It is a VHS tape, so be aware.
I have made all the represented streamers, but the quantity of material is not adequate to make more than one example of most of them. The hackle feathers demonstrated by Lefty are not included in the kit, and you have to improvise a substitute "on the fly" so to speak. The black bucktail is definately inadequate by the time you get to the famous "Deciever" as the included piece was very short and small.
I would not include this kit in the beginner category, as you really need some basic skills in addition to those presented here, such as basic knots & hook selection. The Fly tying vise included is not bad, but most people who will use this kit will already have a better one so it is somewhat of a waste. I would rather see a vise base, or more materials included.
On the good side, Lefty's video is excellent. He tosses out some little suggestions and tips that you would not get in a book. The flys he demonstrates are the true classics, and you can not get good instructions on most of them from readily available sources. Just the video is worth most of the price of this kit.
At $3 to $5 per example, the retail value of the completed flys when done would be about equal to the total cost of the kit, so the video and the tools are basically free. It is hard to complain about that kind of deal.
The tools included could get you started, and they make good additions if you already have a minimal selection of bobbins & such.
After purchasing this kit, I would pick up additional black & white hackle feathers & more black bucktail at the same time. I would probably also get some different size hooks to make additional streamer sizes.
July 27, 2007
Where are the labels
While the kit appears to be comprehensive, the materials aren't labled. Everything is packaged in small plastic bags with no identification.
For a beginner who doesn't know the difference between a bucktail or a hackle, this is a major oversight.
The video is good but still assumes a little too much for the beginner. For example, attaching the thread to the hook is not mentioned.
Users might want to know that the media is a VHS cassette, not a DVD.
The vice is adquate but not a rotating model. No whip finish tool is included but the video does demonstrate a method of finishing by hand.
All in all, a good start but I wouldn't purchase it again knowing what I know now.
The package might be a good deal but I can't really tell since I don't what the materials are or their value. I'll have to take the kit back to the store and get some help in identifying the contents.
Simply adding labels to the envelopers would make this a much better value for the neophyt fly tier.
September 11, 2006