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Question by Mibasshunter. Uploaded on February 29, 2012
I got a tying kit from Bass Pro Shops- Trout version it came with a vise hooks scissors and all the tools and material to start tying flies. Also, get some instruction or read up on fly tying, and my kit also came with a DVD with Lefty Kreigh showing how to tie some fles and the kit was like $60 last year.
I would recommend getting a kit(Cabelas and bass pro have good stater kits), most will come with a vise, tools and materials for basic flies. All the tools you really need are a vise, bobbin, scissors and hackle pliers.
Sounds like you're tying on your own. Good instructional videos and you can get these for free, as I'm sure you already knew, online. Find some patterns you like and watch some great tyers (Go on Google, check out "fly tying with Hans or charlliesflybox.com) do their stuff on You Tube or Vimeo. Hans and Charlie are easy to understand and have additional videos on basic tying concepts.
Another item you should get is a movable swinging light that you can place right over your vise or move it around to get it just right for the the right tying situation. It will help your eyes greatly.
Most kits do not come with a magnifying glass. Makes the difference between a good fly and a great one.
I was kinda meaning what meterials. I already have a kit but am kinda finding out I don't have a lot of stuff the fly recipes say they need.
Feathers from multiple bird species, bucktails, and just whatever stuff ya want to tye with.
I mean tie.
I'd start out with chennele, buck tails, maribou, hackle feathers, flashabou or crystal flash.
Site won't allow websites but check out doublya doublya doublya dot fishusa dot com, or Cabelas, or basspro.
They'll have lots of materials.
I'm starting out with streamers & terrestrials so I got material for those in various colors (estaz, chennille, hackle, marabou, beadheads, bucktail, buckhair, 6-8-10 streamer hooks, ice dubbing, zonkers, rubber legs, foam, 6/0 and 3/0 thread, head cement). I also picked up some antron thread to try some furled flies using softex.
To make the easiest beginner dry flies, I started out with closed cell foam to make the bugs bodies. Looks realistic
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