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Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:24 am
by kketchmark
Going to get started tying this winter. Going to take a beginner class first and go from there. Any suggestions for what to purchase for supply's and recommendations? Looking for something that will do the job well and not break the bank.

Thanks Keith

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:21 pm
by Troutchaser
Not sure what part of the Twin CIties you are in, but Laughing Trout offers Wednesday night tutorials for beginners and tie-alongs for beyond-basics patterns. Cost is Zero. Meetings are held at the American Legion in Wayzata. Another option is St. Paul Fly Tiers, meeting weekly in Maplewood. Plus Rob Kress is offering a beginners' class in Minnetonka. All would have suggestions for supplies and equipment.. PM me for more info.

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Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:12 pm
by trouts
Mend provisions has classes he does. Usually post them on his Facebook page. Bob Mitchell's has open tying night 2 times a month. I'm sure most guys would be willing to give pointers and advice.

I think the Griffin Superior 2A fine point is the best vice for the money. Go to a shop and one of these tying events and I'm sure others will let you check out their vice. As far as materials it really depends on what you plan on tying.

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:38 am
by kketchmark
I was going to signup for the Bob Mitchell's Intro to Fly Tying Nov 13th. Then attend a few of there HOPS AND HOPPERS on Tuesday nights this winter. Still looking for info about tools? I Will chat with the fly shop during tying, but nice to hear users options.

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:04 am
by TFO5wt
You will need 1) a vice 2) a bobbin and 3) scissors. I’d suggest the base-level Regal clamp vice. It’s really user friendly with no adjustments needed for different hooks sizes.

Get some hooks and tungsten beads. 100 packs here are a great deal: Start with pheasant tail and hare’s ears and go from there. Remember ugly bugs still catch fish.

One last piece of advice, don’t change one color or material on a pattern, call it something else and post pix all over social media. Everyone knows what a prince nymph is, we don’t need the super dope purple prince.

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:43 am
by kketchmark
This vise is your suggestion?

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:58 am
by TFO5wt

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:19 am
by jay92
There are tons of different tools out there. Take the class. Go to a few of the lie and ties, and see what people use, and how they use them. Once you have a better grasp on what you will tie, and in what sizes, you will better be able to differentiate which tools are really useful, and which are toys. Welcome to the disease.

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:56 pm
by WhiteGlovedHowdy
Most folks on this board, when they start to tie flies, and begin to get proficient at it, usually send me a couple dozen Adams parachutes size 18. PM me for an address, and thanks. I'll get back to you with some feedback. Hope this helps. WGH.

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:45 am
by High Stick