A fly tying update

Just a quick update on my quest to start tying flies. Things are coming along well and I’m still gathering up all of the stuff needed to get going. Here is a quick update…

Fly Tying Tools

fly-tying-toolsEarlier this week, I got my first batch of tools in the mail. I decided to get the absolute basics to start with and then build out from there as I needed something. Here is the list:

  • Metz 3″ ceramic bobbin
  • Dr. Slick brass hair stacker
  • Dr. Slick all-purpose scissors
  • Dr. Slick bobbin threader
  • Dr. Slick whip finisher

I also went ahead and ordered another pair of scissors and a pair of hackle pliers yesterday. Not sure how useful the hackle pliers will be in the long run, but figure I may as well get them while I am ordering.

Fly Tying Vise

I have decided to go with a different vise than I had originally planned. I was looking at getting the Griffin Odyssey Spider vise for quite a while. I’m glad I waited now because I’ve chosen a different vise.

I’ve now decided to get the Wolff Atlas vise. The reviews on it have been pretty stellar and Wolff Indiana, the company that makes the vise, is right down the street from me in Spartanburg. They make both the Apex and the Atlas and these vises previously had the Anvil name attached to them. I’m more than happy to support a local company, although I believe the vises themselves are actually manufactured in Indiana.

You can check out a good review of both of the Wolff vises over at flyfishfood.com.

The Atlas vise does go over my original $100 budget for a vise, but not by much at all, and I think it’s worth the few extra dollars to get the better, rotary vise. I’ve found the Atlas for $124 and the Apex for $84 so not much of a price difference as I see it.

Fly Tying Materials

I’ve built my initial list of tying materials that I will be ordering once I get the vise. It’s a short, simple list to get going and concentrates on tying a few specific flies to get started.

I’m a fan of shaggy, gnarly caddis dry flies and that is where I am starting. I’m starting with basically about 4 different fly patterns and building out from there. This keeps the initial costs low, while learning to tie some flies that I know I’ll use on the river. The only difference in those patterns is really hair color and possibly thread color if I choose to tie different colors.

So there is the update as it stands now. I’ll post up more on this as I continue to get new stuff and further the quest!

Cory Perry
I'm a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I'm down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

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