All the necessities, and a few to boot.
The kit I received was ordered online and it was a closeout deal, all said and done I payed $30 bucks for it. Not a bank breaker by any means, no nags from the Mrs. so I was in the clear. Any beginner kit needs a few tools to set you down the path of tying all the basic repertoire flies for the standard box. I wanted to tie wooly buggers, mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, a few fatal attraction remixes, a few foam terrestrials, and maybe make a few bass burner poppers. I accomplished those and far more in literally days after purchasing. Here's the essential tools you need in any kit:
Along with all the essentials you need to get going you also get a bargain deal with some of the other tools tossed in the kit. You'll grab a half hitch tool, hair stacker, 2 sets of hackle pliers (one is smaller for fine tuning work), a portable clamp to fix the vice to a bench, table, tailgate, etc.. and a really nice cedar stained and finished box (felt lined for luxury...)
I've been beating this thing up for over a year now and I haven't had any problems with it. It features a stand with a gripping foam on bottom to keep it from sliding and a heavy machined screw-in piece that seats the vice itself. The vice works by leverage utilizing a single lever in the back. It's easy to adjust with a screw sleeve that acts as a tensioner and seats a material clamp wrapped around it. It's not the high end type of vice you'd need to pay a few hundred for but it surprisingly stands pretty sturdy and still feels the same as the day I opened it up. Definitely not a durability issue I can foresee.
Whether purchasing this kit as a gift for a loved angler or for the first tying set-up this kit performs well. The craft of making your own flies adds a mark of sportsmanship when you reel in a chromer on one of your made flies. I purchased the kit along with a starter-materials pack and quickly learned that tying turns into an addiction, probably the best one I have.
If you're interested in a kit like this one click here to grab one. NOTE: It's not exactly the same I have, the whip finish tool is a different style (performs the same job).
If you have questions feel free to ask or personally email me. Thanks for reading and tight lines.