The Best Beginner Fly Tying Kits

The Best Beginner Fly Tying Kits
Many anglers enjoy the challenge of fly fishing and the feeling of connection they get to the water and fish. Matching an imitation fly to natural insects in the area requires you to stop and take notice of the surroundings. Many anglers enjoy taking this one step further by tying their own flies. Tying flies allows for customization of flies as well as the opportunity to create your own fly patterns. Beginners will find several excellent fly-tying kits commercially available to help them get started.


The Wapsi beginner fly-tying kit was developed to help introduce anglers to fly tying in a straightforward manner. Wapsi kits are available in a KITW1, KITW2 and KITW3 format. The W1 and W3 kits feature enough materials to successfully create the Wooly Bugger, San Juan Worm, Foam Beetle, Bead Head Caddis Larva and Inchworm. However, the W3 kit does not include the basic tools, such as a vise or thread bobbin. The W2 kit includes all of the features of the KITW1 in addition to providing materials to also tie the Cone Head Rabbit Streamer, Deer Hair Bug and Clouser Minnow.


Umpqua kits have been selected as a primer for fly tying for many years. An all-inclusive kit with the materials to produce wet, dry, streamer and nymph flies, the Umpqua beginner fly-tying kit also includes basic tools, including a vise, hackle pliers, thread bobbin and scissors. Taking the learning process one step further, Umpqua provides an illustrated book that provides clear instructions. Several completed flies are provided as examples of how completed flies should look.


The name Orvis is synonymous with the outdoors and fly fishing in particular. A leader in fly-fishing equipment, research and education, Orvis features a beginner fly-tying kit with a personal touch. The fur, feathers, hairs and other materials are clearly labeled for easy identification. The instruction book, combined with basic fly-tying tools, guides beginners through the learning process so that quality flies may be produced in a relatively short amount of time.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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