What do you need to get started tying?
You really don't need that much and you don't need to spend a fortune on equipment to begin tying your own flies. First you have to figure out what species of fish you want to catch with your flies, as this will help determine the materials, tools, and vise you will need.
If you are tying flies for saltwater, large freshwater fish, or big streamers you will need a vise that can handle bigger hooks and ideally one that is a rotary style.
If you are tying flies for trout, panfish, or small midge type flies, you will need a vise that can handle the small hooks and not necessarily need the rotary feature, although it is helpful on some flies.
Like the vise, materials depends on the flies you will be tying. There are kits that can give you a very broad range of materials for many flies, but often they can contain materials that you are just not going to use. Our advice is to figure out some flies you want to start tying and then visit your local fly shop for a list of materials you will need. You may spend less or more than you would on a kit, but you will be able to utilize and use all the materials and that is a better investment, no waste. If you don't have a local fly shop, contact us via the contact page and let us know you want to start tying and what flies or fish you want to target and we will help you get it figured out.
Basic tools are as follows: Scissors (sharp and only used for fly tying), thread of different thickness, bodkin (a small sharp tool), bobbin (what holds the thread), threader (to get the thread through your bobbin), whip finish tool (this is a toll that will help you tie off the fly when finished), hackle pliers (the name is a little misleading as these look nothing like pliers at at all, but are used to hold the hackle feathers and other materials to assist in wrapping or paltering them around the hook), finally you will need some sort of super glue or liquid adhesive such as Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Nail Polish.
Search youtube or message us with what kind of flies you want to tie and we will get you on the right track
This is the most important tool you need. No one ties perfect flies their first attempt, we all start with flies that don't quite look like the picture or video that is in front of us. Practice is needed and a lot of it to get better. One important thing to remember is that even ugly flies can catch fish. Your flies do not have to be perfect to go tie them on your leader or tippet and give it a toss at a hungry fish.