Overall: 4.0 / 5 based on 46 reviews
35 of 46 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Excellent Starter -
By: VAChrisM from Chesapeake, VA
My wife booked and attended a fly tying class as a valentine's gift for the two of us at the Richmond store. We utilized this kit in the class, and our instructor was absolutely amazing. We purchased the kit at the end and have tied over 50 flies in the 2 weeks since. There is sufficient material to tie the 8 flies in the included book and along with many others. Although i would recommend deciding what patterns you want to tie and purchasing additional materials and hooks for those specifically. I did upgrade to a rotary vise since but the included vise performed perfectly. Would highly recommend this product in addition to a class to ensure you are going to enjoy the investment.
Great product -
By: WetLine54 from Fort Collins, Co
I found this kit to be very good. Came with quility tying accessories. Very easy to use with the manual book. The vise could be a little better but good for a starter pack. The only draw back is the amount of hooks and hook sizes. Comes with a good amount just wish there were a wider variety. Overal it's a great product. Expected nothing but the best from Orvis.
Good way to start -
By: TNBud from Smoky Mountains, TN
Top 25 Contributor
I received this as a gift and was happy that this also included a beginners instructional book. This kit has a wonderful variety of materials and tools. However, the quality of the tools is really just good enough to get you through the book. The bobbin has brought repeated headaches due to cutting the string while tying. This can easily be replaced if you continue with fly tying. the other issue I have is that the book doesn't quite cover all the materials in which you're provided. There are "extra" items the book doesn't cover as well as items the book references that you aren't provided with. Overall, I would still recommend this to someone interested in this hobby. I have thoroughly enjoyed this gift.
Not great for the price -
By: Oonid from California
Book is good, but not all materials are provided exactly - many are substituted (for cheaper alternatives like the turkey quill in my kit). BOBBIN DESTROYS THREAD, many times per fly. Very frustrating. Overall I am left convinced that buying quality items seperately must be a better option
Son-n-law B'day gift -
By: cvcc from Lynchburg, VA
This is a beautiful gift for any angler or sportsman. I was thrilled to find it because now, my angler with everything, can create his own flies. He can also teach his son (my 10-y grandson) and then they can fish fly fish together. A win-win gift.
First effort at fly tying -
By: Chopperdoug from Colorado
After becoming an avid fly fisherman, this was my first effort at my own fly tying. A little challenging (perhaps daunting) at first, but following the step by step directions has give me the foundation and built my confidence. After my last couple of successes, I can't wait to get to my favorite trout lakes to see if the fish are as enthusiastic as I am. Thanks for "hooking me" into challenging fish in new ways.
Nice Kit -
By: FlyFanatic85 from West Jordan, UT
I bought this kit as my first foray into fly tying. The kit was great. There are a lot of materials and the book is very handy with teaching how to use the tools. The vise is a little subpar but it gets the job done. Other than that, I could not have asked for a better way to get started in my fly tying career.
lovin' it -
By: poudreDAN from fort collins colorado
I have wanted to learn to tie my own flies for years and this is a great way to get started. Very high quality tools and materials. Most solid is how well the materials fit the instruction book. Book is quite good, with most of the details a beginner needs. I have had to supplement the book with some Youtube videos, but overall a great beginners guide. I am very satisfied with this purchase and it has allowed me to pursue a life long dream. I am already modifying some of these basic patterns and making up my own. You wont be disappointed if you buy this. BUT be prepared for a bit of a learning curve!!
Skip this and build your own!!!! -
By: DanieF from Below the the Deleware
I received this kit as a gift. The minute I opened it up and looked at the vice I could tell that I would be replacing it. There was a pretty good variety of materials that came with the kit, however they were not the best quality materials but can be used with some fine tweaking. The tools accompanying the kit were subpar as well. The bobbin frayed the thread and sometimes cut it in two. I ended up having to take my dremel and buff the tip of the bobbin. The scissors were not as sharp as they should be for new scissors. The bodkin was okay but lacked the half hitch on the end. The hackle pliers are terrible, hard and awkward to open. The hackle consistently slips out of the pliers. The whip finisher is sufficient and gets the job done. The hair stacker is of poor quality and is so small at the open end that its difficult to get the hair in. Sad to say the vice is complete garbage. It is very difficult to use and minor adjustments are near impossible. I've also noticed that the vice jaws are jacked up and don't hold the hook completely straight. It always looks as if my hook is bent to one side when in the vise. I've had plenty of hooks just fall out of the jaws. I tried very hard to like this kit because I'm usually impressed with what Orvis sells. Bottom line is if you buy this kit be prepared to buy some more as you will have to buy all new tools as I have, the materials are usable but be prepared to search for good quality hackle and feathers with whats provided. As far as the vice is concerned, they should take the vice out of the package or sell a better quality vice with the kit. I'v had this vice for a less than a month and have replaced all the tools that it came with and will be replacing the vice with a Renzetti Traveler series. Save $200.00 and buy a good vice with a rotary (you'll need it) and build your own fly tying kit. Go to your local fly shop and buy their tying materials you'll be much happier with them.