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hi im looking to start to tie my own flies, Im not to sure of the exact equipment needed and was woundering if anyone had some suggestions of equipment and where to purchase it?

You can buy supplies almost anywhere. Stick to fishing stores at first (Berry's, Riverside, etc) as they can probably give the best advise. Best advise I can give is as follows:

1) Don't go cheap. That goes for everything from scissors to vices. You'll just end up replacing the stuff you initally buy in no time, thus wasting the money first spent.

2) Don't buy a vice that clamps onto a table or anything else. Best bet is to get one with a heavy base that you can screw the rest of the vice onto. This not only makes it nice and portable for taking to the lake etc, but you can also move the vice around as your tying, which is great when your first learning.

3) If your not taking courses, and even if you are, get a good book on the subject. Read the book prior to buying anything. I have a few that are full of great recipies, but for technical stuff I like "The Art of Fly Tying", by John Van Vliet. It's part of "The Hunting and Fishing Library". Will probably run you around $30.00, but worth it. Covers most everything your going to want to know and is full of great pictures showing you how to do things. For a second book I picked up and still love "Tying Flies for Trophy Trout" by Jack Shaw. More of a local book (Jack Shaw was from Kamloops), and cheaper than the first book. The books by Brian Chan are also good, although I haven't bought any.

Plan on spending a few hundred dollas to get yourself going, but the costs will drop soon enough, and yes...there is something special about catching a trout on a fly you designed and tied yourself.

Best of luck with it.


Thanks for the help...
Think i will get the books and research a bit first and then get started.

I'd suggest the a cheap tools...and see if ya even like tyin' flies...if you do you can upgrade in steps...if you don't like tyin' you have not invested your left nut in something you found you don't like...your mileage may vary...)


If you live in the surrey ,langley area go out to the south surrey fly tying nights. First and last thursdays of the months. Lots of good tiers willing to show you the ropes. Go to to find out more, look under the pinned tying nights as there are tying nights in maple ridge and port coquitlam too.

cool thanks guys

just found out that Pacific Angler has a fly tying night on the last tuesday of ever mounth...
has anyone been and how was it???

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