As a novice to fly tying I was expecting a little more "help" from the instruction manual. It is next to useless for somebody who has not tied before. If it wasnt for YouTube I wouldn't have known where to start. The whip finish tool simply doesnt work as supplied. Looking on internet is shows what it should have looked liked. I bent the spring section through 90 deg and hey presto, it works. Would not recommend this kit to a novice.
Thank you for your review - If you are completely new to fly tying then we would recommend either the "Beginners Guide To Fly Tying By Chris Mann & Terry Griffiths" or / and "Fly Tying For Beginners by Peter Gathercole" this will help get you started. YouTube is a fantastic way also to learn with this kit. The Whip finish, you can get different designs but they all work in a similar fashion. This kit has sold in their 1000's including to whole classes of new tyers, and has won numerous awards, its an extremely economical way to get anyone up and running. Hope this helps - Good luck with your New hobby.
The kit is a present for my son so I've not fully checked everything but it seems good for a beginner/intermediate.
It's a starter kit - a good start if you want to start or re-start fly tying, there are plenty of guides on YouTube and there is enough material to get you started. As always you will find that you will purchase more materials as your experience increases. Vice and tools are ok - something to upgrade once you decide that you want to carry on.
Excelent kit for the price paid.
A substantial and beautifully presented selection of fly tying materials and equipment.
Having tied flies many years ago I was looking for a starter kit that I could add to gradually as I identified flies I wanted to tie. I was surprised that this kit still could not tie many of the patterns in the supplied instructions without having to make compromises on one or two of the materials used. Happy enough but am glad I am not a raw beginner!
Thank you Mark for your review. The book supplied with the Kit is a general fly tying book (Booklet “Fly Tying For The Beginner”) of which the kit covers a lot of the flies featured, however there are also other flies featured as you progress through the hobby. The kit is designed for a modern Fly Tyer just starting out, or someone such as your good self who wishes to obtain a lot of items at a considerable discount to purchasing individually.
Hope this helps.
Great kit to get me started again, covers all the basics, love the fact that I don't have to pay for a vice that I will not use.