Getting Started in Fly Tying

February 15, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

“If you’re a newcomer on a budget, instead of buying a $200 vise, I’d suggest spending $50 on a solid basic vise and putting the other $150 into a couple of pairs of high-quality scissors, three or four good tying bobbins and a selection of other tools like a hair stacker and whip finisher. For hackle and tail feathers, buy grade 3 necks for $10-$15 in gray, reddish brown, medium olive and black.” Beyond not marrying a woman smarter than yourself, Eric Sharp advises those getting started in fly tying to spend money on the essentials and ignore the frou-frou. In the Detroit Free Press.