Gear Reviews

Loon Outdoors fly tying tool kit: ergonomics and performance on a budget.

I know you've seen me tie with these tools on the live videos for a few weeks now and its high time that I gave you my opinion on these (new to me) tools. If you're like me and you've clamored over the Tiemco fly tying tools, which lets face it, to some these are the Rolls Royce of fly tying tools, but if you have the Toyota budget then this tying kit is perfectly suited to you. In fact let's start there at the price point. Especially since that is one of the first things people look at when purchasing new goods.  Coming in at a mere $90 the value you receive more than justifies that price. The aforementioned company's bobbin costs $75 alone! That aside, what exactly are you getting for your 90 bones? 1 bobbin, 2 scissors, 1 gator clip, 1 dubbing twisting tool, 1 dubbing brush, 1 whip finisher, and 1 bodkin. All sporting their Ergo handles. It even comes in a nice travel case as well. Which is nice for those destination fishing trips where you bring tying materials with you.  I want to take a second here though to talk a bit on the ergo handles. I think the handles are a nice touch and give the tools a unique feel about them that is vastly different from others on the market. They even have a nice robust weight about them that adds to the tying experience. The one caveat to the Ergo handles, is they have a hard time sitting in conventional caddies. This might be a minor thing for tying hobbyists, but personally for me its a bit obnoxious. Now I also recognize that I might...