In all cases, is it cheaper to tie your own flies? The expected answer is, “You will save money.” After all, the materials for a $2 fly may amount to 20 cents. ... You may not begin saving money until you tie your three-hundredth fly! So, unless you tie a high volume of flies, it might be as cost effective to buy flies at your local fly shop.
In like manner, how much can you make tying flies?
I have heard lots of guys talk about how hard it is to make any money tying flies, and that the best you can expect to make per hour tying is between $5 and $6. Sure, if you are tying Prince Nymphs and Pheasant Tails for you local shop for $9 per dozen.
What do I need to start fly tying?
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
WETFLY Deluxe Fly Tying Kit with Book and Dvd. This Is Our Most Popular Fly Tying Kit.
Deluxe Fly Tying Kit with Book and DVD
Everything you need to start tying flies (Vice, scissors, hackle pliers, etc)
This Deluxe Fly Tying Kit is very versatile, perfect for the beginner to the intermediate tier.
High quality materials included (Hackle, dubbing, chenille, etc)
For Beginners and Pros: a fishing kit with built in base, vise and seven tools of high grade material, all the basic equipment needed to make flies no matter how advanced you are
The standard combo includes eight tools: Vise with base, Bobbin, Threader, Bodkin, Dubbing Twister, Hackle Pliers, Scissors, Whip Finisher all in a nice convenient wooden carrying case
Perfect starter kit or travelers kit. Very compact and lightweight, has all the tools necessary to get into fly tying. With it's sturdy case this kit can be thrown in a backpack and taken on a road trip or backpacking trip.
Use It Anywhere: the built in base keeps the vise sturdy and means this portable set can be used anywhere without having to clip the vise onto something, while you work you have all of the tools you need right by your side
Colorado Angler Supply, established in 1993, is a family-owned, importer, manufacturer, and distributor of fly tying and fly fishing tools and accessories. Its products are used by millions of anglers either on the fly tying bench or in the stream.
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
Scientific Anglers Deluxe Fly Tying Kit with Vise, Materials, Tools, Hooks, and Instructional DVD in Travel Case
Includes dubbing, chenille, hackle, peacock herl, pheasant tail, elk hair, marabou, black thread, fine copper wire, white poly yarn, lead wire, and head cement
Features a versatile vise with a C-clamp suitable for tables or workbenches and a rotating head that allows you to work at the angle that best suits you
Comes with scissors, hackle pliers, a hair stacker, bobbin, bobbin threader, and a rotatable whip finisher tool so you have all the supplies you need in one kit
This kit comes with the DVD Introduction to Fly Tying with Greg Vinci to guide beginners through the learning process of making fishing flies
Learn to create wooly buggers, pheasant tails, elk hair caddis, rock worms, Adams, and parachute Adams flies; includes hook sizes 8, 12, and 14
Kit includes a black travel case with an easy carry handle; case bottom is lined with soft protective foam that prevents damage to tools
This kit’s assortment of high-quality materials and tools provides a practical, complete fly tying setup for beginner and intermediate level anglers
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
Orvis Fly-tying Kit
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
Creative Angler Wooden Fly Tying Station with Tools and Materials
Wooden Fly Tying Station with Tools and Materials
Great Fly Tying Station to hold your tools and materials
Includes 11 Tools.
Includes Fly Tying Materials and Book
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
Gunnison River Deluxe Fly Tying Tool Kit
This is also sold as Gunnison River Fly Tying Tool Kit
A heavy-duty carrying case is included. Instruction book is included in the kit.
A very simple and economic way to learn to tie the 3 most popular flies.
Includes a vise with five tools and enough materials to tie more than 32 flies.
Weighs around 4 lbs
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
Fly Tying Material Feather and Dubbing Starter Kit
Great assortment of bulk feathers.
Bulk on lots of your most popular tying materials in feathers and dubbings
Now includes bulk synthetic rabbit hair and ice dubbing 10 bags total of multi color.
Great for beginner fly tyer Includes 12 different materials you'll need to learn how to tie your favorite flies
Getting into fly tying can seem daunting. There are hundreds of different materials out there. But as a beginner, too many choices can be confusing. In this kit, you'll find high-quality materials, all carefully selected to make your introduction to fly tying simple and enjoyable.
This kit of materials is suitable for beginners, it only covers the basic materials. Help them with basic exercises.As you gain experience and begin to tie more flies, you may want to add more materials to your tying bench.
EASY TO READ LABELS. The large print label clearly identifies the contents and common uses of the feather, fur or other materials.
JUST IMAGINE CATCHING A FISH WITH A FLY THAT YOU TIED!
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
FishPond Tailwater Fly Tying Kit
Exterior quick access pocket
Four large removable see-through zippered mesh material pockets
9" x 15" padded pocket for vise heads and delicate materials
Begin by tying in bigger sizes, practicing several of one fly before moving on to another, and using as few thread wraps as possible to avoid overcrowding the hook with material. The more flies you tie, the better they will turn out.
A useful fly tying tool for everything from applying head cement to clearing the eye of the hook. This versatile piece of fly tying equipment makes applying small stick-on eyes a breeze. Bodkin includes an integrated half hitch tool on the butt of the handle.
So, how much does it cost to start tying flies? On average, with a decent quality vise, tools and tying materials for several common patterns, you can expect to spend about $175 to start tying flies. Entry level beginner kits help reduce the start up cost to around $100.
3-5 minutes a fly. Prep your area with beads on hooks, material waiting and sorted and then go to town. Not having to pull dubbing out of dispenser each time, or sort 5 PT fibers at each fly saves time.