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Old 01-02-2014, 10:46 AM
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Want to learn to tie my own flies.What would be a good starter kit to purchase??
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:44 PM
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Others may disagree, but I wouldn't buy a kit to start out. I personally suggest visiting a fly shop that you trust and get: a decent vise, a couple bobbins, a good pair of scissors, a whip finisher, some different colors of thread, and whatever material you need to tie some basis flies for your area.
Many of the kits I've seen come with cheaper hardware, and material that you will likely never use.
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If you're just starting some will say 'no kit' others will say 'kit good'. Here's what I believe; if you can afford to buy high quality tools and materials right off the bat then by all means do it. If you have a tying mentor who will go with you to select everything and then guide you along learning to tie..... better yet!

However, if you don't have the dough to start at the top of the heap and there is no one to help you, kits are far better than nothing at all. Had it not been for being given a basic Trout & Pan Fish kit when I was a boy I may have taken 10 more years before I became interested in tying a fly if ever. Yeah, I started with a kit, they were nowhere near as good as they are today so .............. If you want a kit go for it. By the time you outgrow the tools you'll know if you want to invest more.

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