I’ve set a goal for myself to be tying all of my own flies this coming winter. Our photography business slows to a crawl (as does fishing really) and I need something entertaining to get me through the winter. Therefore, I’m on a mission to get setup and get started fly tying.
Tying, like anything else you get into, can be overwhelming at first. There are just simply too many choices, options, tools, etc. so diving in head first can often be costly. As with anything else I do, I start off simple and affordable before getting crazy and I’m treating fly tying no differently.
I’ve set a $100 limit for the vise that I ultimately buy. I’ve looked at several and although $100 doesn’t get the cream of the crop, I think it’s a fair amount to spend on my very first vise to get started with. My goal is to learn tying and tie up some basic, common flies that I always use on the river. I certainly think a $100 vise can handle those basic requirements.
As of right now, I’ve chosen the Griffin Odyssey Spider as my first vise. Based on reviews, videos and all of the other chatter about it online, it seems like a really good vise to go with to stay within my $100 budget.
I’m going to order the vise right after vacation I think, along with some basic tools to get up and going.
Getting some knowledge
I’ve been stalking the Fly Fish Food website for a few weeks now. Their Fly Tying 101 section is freaking awesome and has helped me a great deal in figuring out what is what and how to get started. If you haven’t checked it out, please do. There is also a ton of other helpful posts, videos and info on the site for beginners like myself as well as seasoned peeps.
The online fly tying community is pretty stellar, so I know I’m in good hands when it comes to learning the tricks of the trade. I’m looking forward to getting going and I will of course keep you guys updated right here on the blog as the adventure begins.
It has begun….