Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Flyman2 on Oct 2, 2015October 2nd, 2015, 6:13 pm EDT
Have any of you purchased or seen fly tying kits available for purchase? Is this common? Do you have any thoughts on what types of tying materials would be included in a kit? This would be for a beginner of course
Wbranch on Oct 3, 2015October 3rd, 2015, 12:05 am EDT
There are various degrees of quality and usefulness in most kits. Many of them include vises of poor quality and scissors that barely cut. Also the quality of the materials provided are in direct relationship to how much that kit cost initially.
Cabela's sells a material kit (no tools) for $139 and it looks like a very good kit to ties lots of flies with good material. I think it is good there are no tools since a good vise and scissors are very important you should buy them separately since the ones included in kits are of far lesser quality.
Spend as much as you can afford on a good vise and two pairs of scissors. One scissor for fine work and the other pair more robust for cutting hanks of deer hair, chunks of marabou, bigger jobs. For another $125 - $150 you can get good tools that will last a lifetime.
Here is a link to an auction on Ebay for a Regal Inex vise. I have one of these vises and have had it for over twenty years and have tied thousands of flies with it. It has a solid clamping method and it securely holds hooks from a #18 - #1/0.
TNEAL on Oct 3, 2015October 3rd, 2015, 11:31 am EDT
Great advice about tools. one sure way for beginners to be turned off is to get tools that can't do the job. Don't buy inexpensive tools! A good vise and good scissors should be life time tools for the average tyer. I have tied over 100,000 flies with one Regal and it's still going strong.