Fly Tying Kits for Beginners – Getting Started In Fly-tying

Getting into tying flies but not sure where to start, getting a kit can be the way to go. There are many kits out their on the market and can be very helpful in starting your journey into fly tying. I personally bought the cheapest kit on the market when I first started. There was only a couple back then and it helped me get into tying at a relatively low cost.

I’ve since upgraded my gear but it certainly got me going, and was very helpful to go home with every thing I needed to sit down and start tying my first flies.

They have tying kits for just about everything now a days from salt water, to fresh water, to materials, and even just the tool. I would recommend getting a complete set up with a vice and some materials if your just beginning, but you can certainly piece everything together if you want for a low cost as well.

Tying flies absolute will make you a better angler it gets you more in touch with which bugs are effective and also helps you to learn the entomology of the river. Tying is also very creative and relaxing .

This is the start of your journey into tying flies and can be very fun and creative.

Complete Fly Tying Kits:

Complete kits are exactly what I would recommend to anybody that’s just getting into Tying. They generally come with all the essentials and have more then enough materials to keep you busy for a long while. You can always go get more hooks and material after you gotten started, and know what you need.

Scientific Anglers Deluxe Fly Tying Kit

This kit comes with every thing you need to get rolling, and even comes with a nice little video to help you get started. It doesn’t have a lot of materials and the vice is kinda poorly put together. The rest of the tools were fine but I really don’t like the vice.

It has a low price point which is nice, but it’s definitely not my favorite kit out their Rating:8/10

Gunnison River Deluxe Fly Tying Tool Kit

This kit comes with a book and a DVD and has a decent set of tools and a vice. It doesn’t have much for materials and the hooks are definitely a little sub-par.

For the price I think you can do better but it has a great video and book and that comes with some decent info that will help get you rolling and tying some great flies. Rating:7.5/1

Hareline fly tying kit economy

This kit is one of my favorite on the market, for getting started. Hareline makes some great materials and I buy their stuff on almost a daily basis. The vice is the only thing I don’t really like about this kit, it also doesn’t have a book or starter DVD which I think can be nice for beginners.

The real value and what I like most is the materials in this kit, you can always upgrade your vice once you get started. It’s little more expensive but I thinks it’s worth every penny Rating:9/10

Orvis Encounter fly tying kit

This kit is not really worth the money, small amount of hooks and material, sub par vice and tools and no instructional video or book that comes with it. For the price I think that you should probably look for something a little more complete.

Just was not impressed with this kit and honestly can’t recommend it. Rating:5/10

Hareline fly tying kit premium

This kit is worth every penny, it’s one of the most expensive kits on the market but it comes with exactly what you need to get really going tying flies. The tools are high quality the vice is good and the materials are exactly what you are gonna want. If you have the money and wanna get a good starter kit this the one to go with.

Hareline has some of the best materials on the market and this kit is loaded with every thing you need. Rating:9.5/10

Fly Tying Tool kits:

There are a lot of different tool kits out their I’ve listed three of my favorites. Investing in a good tool kit is a great idea because it will last you a long time, and they generally come with some sort of travel case which is nice and keeps you organized. Investing in your tying gear is a great idea and will keep your tying easier and more organized

Loon Outdoors Complete Fly Tying Tool Kit

This is probably my one of my favorite kit on the market, tools are super sturdy and will last a long time. Includes Gator-grip, Ergo Whip Finisher, Ergo Dubbing Brush, Ergo Bodkin, Ergo Bobbin, Ergo Arrow Point Scissors and Ergo All Purpose Scissor The only thing I don’don’t really like about this kit is the box it comes with I prefer a smaller pouch when traveling Rating: 9/10

Umpqua Dreamstream 7pc Fly tying tool kit

Great kit from umpqua tools are all super sturdy and comes in a great travel pouch everything you need to tie flies for years and I enjoy the red colors. Includes Straight Scissor, Hackle pliers, Bobbin, Whip finish tool, Threader, and Hair stacker. For the price you can’t go wrong with this tool kit I would highly recommend this to anybody just getting started or even looking to upgrade their tools. Rating 9.5/10

SF Fly Fishing Tying Tools Gear Assortment

If You just getting started and trying to piece all of your stuff together this the tool kit is for you, it includes bobbin threader with half hitch tool, whip finisher rotary, hackle pliers, dual ceramic bobbin, and Iris scissors. For the price you can’t go wrong if your just starting out. Comes with every thing you need and is actually a decent set of tools, would recommend highly to beginners Rating: 8/10

Fly Tying Materials Kits:

Getting the right Materials is very important and has a lot to do with what you’ll be tying. If you’re planning on tying trout flies you’ll be needing different things then if your going to be tying up salt water flies. There is a lot of different kits out their so just make sure if your gonna try to piece your kit together make sure you buy the right kit. I’m gonna list some of my favorite kits on the market for both trout and salt water

Muskoka Lifestyle Products Fly Tying Material Feather and Dubbing Starter Kit

This is a very basic kit and doesn’t come with hooks thread or any of the essentials to start. I’m not a big fan of this kit, if your just starting I wouldn’t recommend, Don’t see this kit being helpful for anyone really this is what your not trying to buy. Do yourself a favor and buy something that’s not at total rip off Rating :2/10

Cascade Trout fly Tying Kit And Bag

This materials kit is a decent buy it comes with just about everything to get you up and running. The bag is very nice and will keep you organized which is huge. The other bonus is the book which gives you some basic patterns to start with which is also nice. Only thing I didn’t like was the hooks in this kit are kinda weak and I would recommend getting new ones so you don’t lose the fish to a straightened hook. Rating: 8/10

Hareline Fly Tying Material Kit

This is buy far the best material kit out on the market, you can’t go wrong with hareline products. It comes with absolute everything you’ll need to get started, a nice plastic box for carrying and also a sweet instruction box to help you get going on some basic patterns. It’s a little more pricey then the other kits but is worth every penny Rating: 9/10

Time to hit the water

After you get all lined up and have picked the kit that is best for you the next thing to do is sit down and get tying. Almost all the kits are worth the buy because they’ll get you going in the right direction. You’ll end up changing things and buying more and more materials and tools so just getting going is the best way to go.

Whatever kit fits your budget is gonna be just fine, I bought the cheapest kit on the market to start to slowly get myself started but have since invested in way better tools, vices, and materials. It’s a growing process and is probably one of my favorite thing to do after I get off the water.

Once you’ve gotten your first flies tied up it’s time to hit the water and catch some fish with those flies. This is one of the moments you will not forget. It will make you happier then you can imagine. catching a large trout on a hand tied fly is a glorious moment for any angler.

Fly tying patterns for beginners – 3 patterns to get you started

One of the most natural moves for most fly fisherman after they have been in the sport for a while is to start tying their own flies, I remember the first fly I tied and the excitement of landing my first fish on my hand tied fly. This can connect you to the sport so much more and once you’ve started tying you can become obsessed.

Fly tying can be a tool to change your perspective and help you learn the bugs on the river. Once you start tying you instantly start to learn new patterns and their relevance to the water. You become more in tune to what you are fishing and in turn become a better angler. You can also use your creativity to change the patterns and refine them to work for your particular river or body of water. Giving you control over the process and changing your whole outlook on the river.

Fly tying patterns for beginners should start slow so that you can learn the basics and develop your skills. Below I list the first five patterns I would start with as a beginner. These patterns will help build your skills and help you grow into the fly tying angler your looking to be.

San Juan Worm

The San Juan worm is probably the best pattern for any beginner to start with because it is the most simple pattern and is also a very effective pattern. The San Juan worm only has one material and is probably the best fly to tie first, you will learn how to clinch in your material and also be able to hit the water and catch fish. You can also tie this pattern in multiple colors and with a lot of different materials. Some of my favorites are red, pink, tan, purple, and in chenille, and squirmy materials.


  • Hook size: 10-16
  • Thread: 6/0 ( whichever color you choose to tie)
  • Body: Ultra chenille ( many different colors and material can be used)


To start get your hook in the vice, cover the whole shank in thread, and leave wrap at the end of the hook. Next step tie in the chenille near the end of the hook, once clinched put in some forward wraps towards the front of the hook. Clinch the chenille again and then tie forward again, now put your whip finish in and you are done.

The reason I would recommend this pattern to start is because the simplicity of it, and also it will help get you acquainted with your tools and your vice. It’s also a very effective pattern and can catch fish almost any time of year. I would recommend tying up at least ten of these before you move on to a new pattern. You can also tie this pattern with other materials which I have shown in the video below

Zebra midge

The next pattern I would start with is the Zebra midge, it is also a very effactive pattern and very easy to tie. This pattern also has only one major material and can be tied in a varioty of colors. during the spring, fall, and winter this can be a productive pattern and almost every body of water in the world has midges in it


  • Hook size: 16-24
  • Thread: 6/0 ( color choice is up to you)
  • Bead: 1/16th -7/64th (color is up to you)
  • Body/ thread: 6/0 Thread wrpas
  • Ribbing: small to medium ultra wire


First step is to get the bead on, I like using pliers for this as it can be difficult with your fingers on smaller hooks. Make sure you put the small side of the bead on so the bead is facing the right way. Next throw the hook in your vice, and get your thread started near the bead, cover the hook with thread wraps and bring the thread back to the front. Next add your wire I like slipping it into the bead gap and then wrapping it back towards the end of the hook. Now wrap forward building the body with thread wraps, you want it to be even and thicker near the bead. Finally, bring the wire forward in even wraps until you reach the bead. Now tie off the wire and spin it to break off the excess, whip finish and your done.

This is another perfect fly tying pattern for beginners, getting this pattern dialed in will help you as you move froward. You can also tie this pattern without a bead head and build the head with thread wraps, which is called a black beauty, so give that a try as well and you’ll start filling up you midge box in no time. With any pattern make sure you tie at least ten at a time to get the pattern locked down

Pheasant Tail

The pheasant tail is probably one of the most universal flies in fly-fishing and has been a trusted fly of mine for years. It’s tied in a variety of ways and sizes and represent most mayflies in the water. This is defiantly a little bit more complicated fly but is still very easy if you only tie the basic pattern.


  • Hook size: 12-24
  • Thread: 6/0 Black or brown
  • Bead: 1/16th-764th (bead is optional)
  • Tail: pheasant tail
  • Body: pheasant tail
  • Ribbing: small to medium ultra wire
  • Thorax: peacock hurl


Once your hook is in the vice, tie your thread in and cover the hook shank in thread wraps. Tie in your ultra wire and cover with thread wraps back to the bend of the hook. Grab ten to twelve strands of pheasant tail and even out the tips, measure the end of the tips to the eye of the hook this will be the length of your tail. Tie in the tail near the hook bend. Once clinched in grab the ends of the pheasant tail and wrap forward in even wraps creating the body, clinch and secure near the middle of the hook. Wrap your ultra wire forward in counter wraps to hold and secure your body. Tie in three pieces of peacock hurl and wrap towards the font of hook to build your thorax. Bring the but ends of the pheasant tail over the peacock hurl to create a casing, secure with a couple extra thread wraps and whip finish.

This pattern can be tied in a variety of ways shapes and colors, this is where you really can start getting creative with your tying. Don’t be afraid to try new things with this pattern and I would recommend tying them in all sizes. I’ve caught trout in almost every river I’ve ever fished with this pattern, and have almost a full box of these with me at all times.

Hit the water

Next step is to get out there and hit the water with your new hand tied flies. This is probably the best, part of the whole process. When you catch your first trout on your own fly it will be a moment that I’m sure you’ll remember for the rest of your life, I remember my first catch and I’m sure you will too.

The more you tie the better you’ll get so don’t get frustrated if your first couple patterns aren’t perfect. Just keep after it and you’ll be spinning up solid looking bugs in no time. Also, sometimes the ugliest looking flies will catch some great trout, nothings perfect in nature and that goes along with bugs in the water. Also, get creative and add your own flavor to these patterns, there is no real right or wrong way to tie flies it’s all up to you how you want to do it.

As always if you have any questions or need anything at all leave a message below and ill be sure to get back to as soon as I can.