Investing in a fly-tying kit is a simple and efficient method to get started in the hobby. The essentials of what you'll need to get started are laid out, saving novices countless hours of time otherwise spent researching the best tools or supplies.
The term "complete" can be used loosely when referring to kits because there are many different types and sizes. Let's take a look at many well-liked fly-tying sets and talk about what makes one a "basic" set vs a "full" set.
A toolkit like the Colorado Anglers Z797 Standard Tool Kit is an example of a minimal fly-tying kit. An excellent set of eight tools, including a vise and base, whip finisher, scissors, hackle pliers, bodkin, dubbin twister, threader, and bobbin. In order to start tying flies, though, you'll need to buy supplies like feathers, dubbin, beads, etc.
In the same vein as the aforementioned, the Dr. Slick Fly Tying Tools Gift Set and the Zephyr Travel Fly Tying Kit are two further examples of such tool-only kits. These kits come with high-quality equipment but are missing a vital one: a vise. Fly-tying materials are not included and must be ordered separately. Consequently, they are not a one-and-done solution for instant knot mastery.
These tool-only kits are ideal for advanced fly tyers who are looking to round out their current arsenal. It could also be a replacement for some of the tools in their current set, or they could simply desire a more compact set to take with them when they travel. These kits are great for advanced fly tyers who prefer to pick out their own tying tools and materials as a present for their friends and family.
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