We get a lot of folks in the shop looking for Christmas gifts for their significant other, children, or family friend that ties flies, and they often are a little stumped on what to get them. There’s such a huge amount of gear, tools, and materials out there in the fly tying world, and it can often be intimidating to try and pick something out. We’ve put together a list of some of the latest gear that we think will all make great Christmas gifts for the fly tier in your life – here’s few of our favorite offerings from some of our favorite brands for this year!
Latest version of the best selling fly tying vise here at Dakota Angler & Outfitter. The larger base adds stability. The Renzetti Traveller is the best selling vise in our shop for good reason- great functionality, great hook holding power and range, portability, and durability. If you are just getting started, need a vise upgrade, or even if you have been tying for years, it is hard to beat the performance of these vises for the price. Made in the USA. Midge jaws and accessories available.
Loon UV Infiniti Light – Powerful enough for professional tyers and rechargeable using a standard USB cable, this is the light without limits. The UV Infiniti Light is the most powerful, most environmentally friendly light we’ve ever offered.
Stonfo Bobtec 1 Adjustable Tension Bobbin – Genius! Stainless steel bobbin with slider to adjust the thread tension. Allows a quick change of the spool. The Stonfo Bobtec 1 Adjustable Tension Bobbin is perfectly balanced when spun; making it spin smoothly when using the split thread method for dubbing loops, or when flattening thread. Hardened steel tube is very smooth preventing thread fraying. The Bobtec comes in two sizes – the standard size 1, and the larger tubed Bobtec 2 for tying larger flies.
Loon Ergo Comb – Great addition to the loon fly tying tool line up. This sturdy comb can be used for deer hair, combing out EP Fibers, and can also be used on the river to comb out tangled and matted streamer fibers.
The Solarez Roadie Kit contains one 5 gram tube each of the following resins and a UV Cure High Output Flashlight. This kit is a fantastic way to start with UV Resins
- Thin – Hard Formula – super-hard scratch resistant finish
- Thick – Hard Formula – very viscous for making thick coatings or spheres (bodies, heads, eyes)
- F-L-E-X Formula – flexible finish for swimmers, flex parts – can also be used as a wader repair
- Solarez UV Cure High Output Flashlight This flashlight takes two (2) CR123 Lithium batteries
If you’re looking for the next step up, check out the Pro Roadie Kit!
Chicone’s Material & Fly Prep Station – 13” wide with 24 prep slots. Prep all of the parts of your flies in advance- slots hold feathers, bucktail clumps, etc. Get your flies cranked out more efficiently.
The Loon line of fly tying scissors and tools are fantastic, and they’re a great price to boot! Full lineup of scissors for tying everything from midges to musky flies, as well as bobbins, brushes, etc. Great inexpensive gift!
Packaged in a heavy duty travel case and featuring the Ergo Arrow Point Scissors, Ergo All Purpose Scissors, Ergo Bobbin, Ergo Bodkin, Ergo Whip Finisher, Ergo Dubbing Brush and the Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner, this is an excellent choice as a gift for the first-time tyer, or the long-time tyer who wants to trick out his bench with something new.
The Renzetti Soft Tool Caddy was designed by Andy Renzetti and it is made with a special non skid foam. This tool caddy is like no other. Because of its special foam the tool caddy sits firmly on any surface and its design accommodates any tool.
Hareline Mottled Tactical Slotted Tungsten Beads – Matte mottled beads – perfect matte colors in a slotted bead for use with jig hooks. Add some color without too much flash to your euro jig nymph patterns. These come in a countersunk version for standard hooks as well!
This is hands down the best fly tying thread we’ve ever used! Super strong, thin diameters, and comes in a wide variety of colors. Comes in 3/0, 6/0, 12/0, and 18/0 to cover everything from spinning deer hair heads to tying thread bodied midges!
Great range of hooks for the fly tier! The predator and streamer hooks in this lineup really stick out, but the nymph and dry fly hooks are awesome as well.
Regal Vises have been around for a long time, and have been an industry standard for good reason. There’s a full lineup of Regal vises for tying every style of fly! Give us a call and we can help you pick out the vise for the tier in your life.
That’s a small portion of the cool fly tying tools and materials that are out on the market, but it’s a great start for ideas for a fly tying Christmas gift. Feel free and give us a call, shoot us an email, or swing by the shop if you need any help picking out a gift, or have questions about any of the stuff on this list!