Like tenkara, tying tenkara flies is simple. Basic fly tying skills, tools and materials are all you need. The Tenkara Flies pages show the step by step instructions for tying nearly all the flies I use. I have decided to offer fly tying kits for new and experienced tyers who would like to try out a new pattern without having to buy a lot of new materials that may not get used. For fly tyers who know they will be tying a lot of flies for a given pattern, I also offer the fly tying materials required to tie most of the flies offered on the site.
If you do not have a vise, you can still tie flies. Please see the Fly Tying with Clamps and Nippers article. Having a vise and some fly tying tools does make it easier and quicker, though. I have decided to carry the HMH SX vise. I used to use a Peak vise but have switched to the HMH SX vise. It fits right in with simple theme of tenkara. It is a simpler design than the top of the line HMH vises, but it is of the very same high quality.
The "One Fly" Tying Kits™ come with everything you need to tie 25 flies of one pattern. Included in each kit is a package of 25 Daiichi hooks, the materials required to tie 25 flies and a pattern sheet that provides easy to follow step-by-step instructions. There will be very little waste and you won't have to buy a whole rooster neck or partridge skin, or enough yarn for a whole sweater, just to try out few flies.
Offering fly tying materials is a natural extension of the "One Fly" Tying Kits™, which are great for people who want to try out a new pattern without having to buy a large supply of new materials. If you know you are going to be tying a lot of the same flies, though, it does make sense to buy your fly tying materials in larger quantities.
Many fly tiers feel Daiichi hooks are the best fly tying hooks you can buy, but most shops only stock 25 packs. I can offer 100 packs as well as 25 packs in the hooks I use.
I don't have space for much in the way of inventory, so I can't offer a full range of tying supplies. I do try to carry the materials needed for the flies offered on the site, and that includes a range of hooks.
In addition to Daiichi hooks, I have tenkara hooks that to my knowledge are unavailable anywhere else in the US. Two styles of hooks designed specifically for tenkara from Owner and two eyeless hooks designed for mountain stream fishing, the Yamame hooks from Owner and the Amago hooks from Gamakatsu.
For quite some time I have been interested in micro fishing and in fly fishing for micros. For small fish you need small flies so I now carry a selection of hooks ranging from size a Daiichi size 20 to a Tiemco size 32. Whether you are interested in midge hooks for micros or for sipping tailwater trout, you can find there here.
A fly tying vise and tools, along with a few materials, allow you to tie your own flies. You might or might not save money, but you will have a hobby to take you through the long, cold winter. And the satisfaction you get from catching fish on flies you tied yourself just can't be beat.
There are dozens of fly tying vises, and hundreds of different tools. In the spirit of tenkara, I've tried to simplify things a bit and will only offer a few choices that I think will serve you well.