01-06-2010, 05:56 PM
Re: Good beginner fly tying kit
I agree with the sentiment that buying things individually will yield a better set in the long run.
vise-- No experience with any of cabellas house brand offerings-- but they have promising reviews on the website. can be had for cheap =< $30.00.
Bobbins-- get 2 or 3 or 4
Half hitch tool-- teach yourself to whip finish by hand (with your fingers) before you buy a whip finisher.
good scissors (possibly a few sizes)
These are really about the essentials-- you may find that you will work up to others, but these will get you started.-- cost ~$60.00 for 'quality' tools (pending your vise purchase-- you could spend all $200.00 on a vise alone....)
what patterns do you use? research what you want to tie and acquire those materials. Get good thread as thread control on smaller (I don't tye anything smaller than 14 or so) flies is essential. don't forget wire and tinsle and the such.
You could aquire the materials for your 5 top flies for about $40.00 or $50.00--
Take the $100.00 or so left over and buy some good single malt scotch, or good beer for your time at the vise.
Also, one thing to consider is work space-- there are lots of 'templates' for a good, cheap, easy to build tying bench online. Might want to consider $20.00 or $30.00 to build one.
Others might disagree, but if you have time indoors to do some research, you will have a great start and can really get what you need minus the clutter that a starter kit might hinder you with.
BUT, for simplicity's sake, a starter kit will get you going quickly and, as I said earlier, you'll know soon enough what you need to get you where you are going. The costs will be about a wash, I'd think. The nice thing about starters is you learn on the materials that you don't mind 'wasting'....