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Old 06-26-2013, 02:41 PM
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Default Re: Beginner Fly Tying Kits

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Originally Posted by flytire View Post
buy the orvis kit you mention in your first post IF it contains the correct materials needed to tie he flies you want to tie. if not, then move on to another kit that has what you want.

its possible that kits contain materials that you will never need or use but i disagree. you CAN use those materials to practice tying your own specific creation or to practice different tying techniques. using your imagination you can create just about anything.

the materials you get in a kit is certainly not of the highest quality but CAN be used to tie some respectable flies. granted you may not use all of the materials in a kit but so what. theyll be there if you ever decide to try tying something with them.

after all is said and done, i would definately head out to that orvis shop near you and take a good hard look at that kit you want to buy. thats the only way to tell if its right for YOU. if not, i hope you had a plan B



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that is quite possible but there is always the possibility that one day you just might need that one tool thats in that kit you thought you would never use!
Excellent post flytire. I'm in full agreement with opinion.

Years ago, I received what I still consider one of the best gifts ever. My father bought me a fly tying kit from Cabelas. It was geared towards trout. The materials were OK but not great. The tools were OK but not great. I still use some of them today, most of both materials and tools have been replaced over the years....BUT it got me into tying.

Here's the important piece...

What I had no idea of at that time was what kind of flies I was interested in tying because I was so new to fly fishing and of course tying. Had I known what specific flies I fished most often and wanted to tie, I may have gone the ala carte method IF I knew what I'd be tying and IF I had disposable income to do so. I was younger, still learning LOTS and was not in the position I am today to buy better quality/higher priced merchandise. I tied on that vise for nearly 7 years before I replaced it with a rotary vise.

Assuming that you are on a budget or just starting out in both fly tying and fly fishing, a kit is in my opinion, a great option--provided it has what you believe you need. Just know that if you buy a kit and stick with it, at some point, you may likely do as most of us have done and upgrade.

Either way, make sure it's right for YOU because that's all that matters. Please update us on what you decide.
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