White River Fly Shop Fly Tying Kit - Bass Tying
is a good kit to start your own flys and also to ad some atraction to some of your lures.
March 15, 2011
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