How to Choose the Best Fly Tying Kit
Before you make your final decision on a fly tying material starter kit, you need to analyze the specific tools included. Whether you’re new to fly fishing or you want to replace your basic supplies, these eight tools are necessary for any kit.
Your fly kit must include these tools;
Unless you’re a professional, you’ll need some help with tying your flies onto the small hooks! Look out for a good quality vice that’s simple to use and is securely held with the flexibility to adjust to a range of hook sizes.
Lever and spring-loaded vices are popular, but lever action usually is sufficient. Make sure that you choose a vice that’s made from durable material and notice the difference between vices with pedestals and C clamps. Both of these are effective, but C clamp vices are more portable.
Bobbin Holder and Bobbin Wire Loop Tool
Having a bobbin holder adds ease to the fly tying process. Using a bobbin holder means less waste and added tension while you’re tying knots to avoid losing furs and feathers. This is an excellent alternative to trying to tie your flies free-hand.
Most bobbins come with plastic, brass or ceramic tubes. Although a bobbin wire loop tool is not necessary, they make the threading process faster. However, many experienced fishermen suck the thread through the tube.
The most important feature that your fly-tying scissors should possess is extreme sharpness and a super-fine point for close cutting.
Over time, you’ll likely find that you want to add various pairs of scissors to your kit to provide you with a selection for your specific needs.
These pliers help to simplify the process of wrapping the hackle around the hook. This is achieved by the pliers grasping the hackle tightly, ensuring that the hook doesn’t slip.
Although you could use your fingers to whip finish your ties, using this tool will speed up the process, make it easier and improve the accuracy.
This multi-use tool services a few important purposes including applying head cement, combing underfur, teasing dubbed materials, freeing trapped hackle fibers and dividing wingtips.
This tool provides tension to hold the fur in place so that you can twist dubbing and thread into a rope to make dubbing loops.
If you have less than perfect eyesight or find it difficult to perform intricate movements with your fingers, a threader will save you time and struggle.
You should disregard any kit that doesn’t include these eight basic elements. Another useful tool to look out for is;
These will help you to align different fibers evenly so they’re ready for tying.
Having these tools as your basic essentials will set you up for some great fly fishing.
Choosing the Best Fly Tying Tool Set
Don’t make the mistake of investing in a fly tying kit that’s not up to par and ends up being a waste of money.
Before you make your final decision, consider the following factors;
It’s counterproductive to choose a fly tying kit that’s manufactured from substandard materials. This will result in you needing to replace your tools far too soon.
Although you could purchase an organizer separately if you see a kit with a well-structured organizer, it will add convenience to your overall experience.
Some kits provide a detailed manual or DVD with useful fly fishing tips. If you’re a beginner, this is a must. If you’re an experienced angler, having a reference for the specific tools may come in handy.
Choosing a ready-made kit should work out cheaper than building one from scratch. Be careful and don’t overpay.