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We see Anglerhaus tools and kits at most stores that carry fly fishing gear and fly tying tools. They’re prolific, but are they any good?
This review will focus on the Standard Vise and Toolkit.
What comes in this kit is a pedestal style vise, bobbin, bobbin threader, scissors, hackle pliers, pliers, bodkin, and dubbing loop tool. All of these tools are kept in a wooden box lined with felt with elastic wraps glued down to hold each tool in place. The presentation of this toolkit is superb.
The bobbin is a standard metal bobbin. There is nothing extraordinary about this bobbi, it holds a spool of thread and is pretty consistent once the desired tension has been found. As with all other metal bobbins, this bobbin finally worked a burr into the metal tubing and would nick the thread going through it enough that when enough torque was placed upon the thread it would bust. This isn’t only endemic of Anglerhaus bobbins, but bobbins that do not have a ceramic insert or full ceramic tube.
The bobbin threader, what can be said about the bobbin threader. It’s a bobbin threader and does it’s job! It’s the same with the bodkin. How difficult is it to screw up a large needle? Anglerhaus didn’t find out, and they even angled the back side of it if you wanted to use it to assist in tying a half hitch as a finishing knot.
The scissors are decent tying scissors. The keep a sharp edge for a while and can actually be sharpened. I wouldn’t cut any of your wire with these scissors as the metal is a little softer than higher end scissors. Other than that, the scissors work fine for every other cutting need.
The hackle pliers in the kit are actually one of our favorite hackle pliers that we’ve used. It holds the hackle and rarely holds it tight enough to cut the hackle feather if you pull too tight upon it or loose enough that the hackle slips out from the jaws. Great set of pliers.
The pliers that come with the kit are generic, smooth jaw pliers. The work great for grabbing and holding onto necessary material. They’re basic but they work great, especially for mashing down a barb on a hook.
The dubbing loop tool is found wanting. This tool was quickly replaced. It’s not that it doesn’t work, it’s just there are tools out there that work easier and with less frustration.
Overall, this kit is a great beginner’s toolkit, especially for a new fly-tyer that is on a budget. With the exception of the dubbing loop tool, the tools in this kit are sufficient enough to do most tying jobs that you’ll have, and as the budget allows you can upgrade tools as needed. We highly recommend this kit.