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Ozzy

Hi all,

I really want to start tying my own flies because I think that would add even more reward when I fish my favorite waters. Does any members that tie flies have any advice on some of the kits that are out there? I'm primarily look at the kits at Berry's Bait and Tackle (Vancouver) because if I can't do it ... it's not that much money and it provides most of the materials needed. But, what kinds of things should I consider when deciding which kit to purchase. I realize that the vise is the most important component, but I don't even know what constitutes a good vise versus a pile of crap. Plus issues of tools and materials that should be included in the kit, etc.

Thanks in advance,
Oz
The Yak

i think that a lot of the kits you can buy have a bunch of crap in them. things that you wont really use.
buy good quality feathers/hackle and most of the tools you can getare all pretty good but i make do just fine with a
bobbin holder
whip finnsh tool
buy good scissors preferably a big pair for cuuting things like soft wire and a fine pair for cuting thread
hackle pliers
and a dubbing needle

for a vise, get something thats not too expensive in case you hate tying but get something thats not going to piss you off everytime you use it. i bought an immitation of a Regal vise and it was only 60 or 65 bucks. You can spend 500 on one...but i dont see the point.

I've tied just about everyday for the past 2 months and i think the most important is getting a place in your home where you can leave your stuff out. having to put all that stuuf away and take it out used to deter me now i have a place i can leave everything out and start tying anytime i feel.

also remember tying is a money pit.. even though the things you buy are only usually 6 -15 bucks it adds up quick, even though its actually cost effective to tie your own. there is also something to be said for catching a fish on something you tied yourself. especially a dry fly.

Jaymers fish and tackle has a sale on and i think it includes most of their fly tying stuff...check it out..
fish on

I started with the EL CHEAPO kit and still use the vice,the kit gives you all the bacics to get you going.
The materials they supply are a good start to fly tyeing. The vise is not an issue at the start.
Ozzy

Well, I bought a nice flying kit today from Michael & Young (www.myflyshop.com) in Surrey. I bought the "Trout 3" version and I have to tell you guys that it's a pretty useful kit. The guys down there went through my favorite flies and a couple print offs of the lure from our fishing reports and with about $10.00 in additional materials I am able to tie at least 80% of them. I live in south Surrey, so it way closer too ... it's like a candy store for me.

Anyway, the vise is worth $60, has a lifetime warranty and seemed like a really solid vise. Plus these guys were really flexible with the contents of the kit.

I don't know who it was on this forum that recommended this place ... but that shop rocks. Thanks again whoever (tried to search for the original ... no luck).
Ozzy

Well, I bought a nice flying kit today from Michael & Young (www.myflyshop.com) in Surrey. I bought the "Trout 3" version and I have to tell you guys that it's a pretty useful kit. The guys down there went through my favorite flies and a couple print offs of the lure from our fishing reports and with about $10.00 in additional materials I am able to tie at least 80% of them. I live in south Surrey, so it way closer too ... it's like a candy store for me.

Anyway, the vise is worth $60, has a lifetime warranty and seemed like a really solid vise. Plus these guys were really flexible with the contents of the kit.

I don't know who it was on this forum that recommended this place ... but that shop rocks. Thanks again whoever (tried to search for the original ... no luck).
Ozzy

And of course, I would not have been able to pick this kickass kit without knowing what to look for ... thanks to The Yak and fish on for their advice.
The Yak

anytime bud... just here to help..

get set for late nights perfecting patterns and learning..
enjoy!

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