The Essential Fly Reviews

4.87 Rating 1,340 Reviews
98% of reviewers recommend The Essential Fly

About The Essential Fly: Specialists in Fly Fishing with salmon, trout flies, and flies for lots of other species. We sell Fly Fishing Tackle and gear and a huge range of Fly Tying Materials and Tools - The Essential Fly is a leading supplier of gear for fly fishermen, rainbow & brown trout flies, salmon flies and flies for every species from our massive selection. Fly tying materials and tools to satisfy every fly tyers needs. With tackle from Greys to Wychwood, from fly rods to waders, luggage and all of the accessories you will need.

We have won awards for customer service and believe in value and quality. Check our reviews from thousands of customers all around the world. Having delivered to over 50 countries from homes to fishing lodges for that last minute requirement.

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Postal Service
delivery methods
Next Day
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on-time delivery
Greater than 93%
accurate and undamaged orders
Customer Service
Email, Telephone, Live Chat
communication channels
Under an hour
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Chris Winsor
"Original order did not arrive on time due to address error (my fault) Contacted Andy ,order reissued to my fishing location, arrived as planned, tied one on & caught a 11lb salmon!!!!! SIMPLES!!"
Posted 4 months ago
Benoit Albertini
"Very warm welcome, nice staffs, and even speak French in an English Fly tying shop. Lots of materials, everything needed. Good prices and professional staff who knows what they talking about."
Posted 4 months ago
Rowland Elvidge
"Very Good at sorting out queries and the service is also very good. Their fly's are of excellent quality. Just over 5lb on a stalking bug"
Posted 1 year ago
"Good well made flies, with a good selection of flies on barbless hooks."
Posted 3 days ago
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"Excellent products at very good prices. The Essential Fly combine those with first class service and good advice to create a brilliant shop. Well worth travelling to visit."
Posted 4 days ago
"The quality of the flies and products are amazing are very well priced and I would highly recommend"
Posted 5 days ago
"the product meets the expectations. In the past I have made similar purchases and I was satisfied"
Posted 6 days ago
"very good quick service"
Posted 1 week ago
"Very good service, easy website and fast delivery. Will certainly use again."
Posted 1 week ago
"Visited the shop to buy some thread, very knowledgable staff helped me to choose the new Semperfli Waxed Thread in 6/0, 8/0 and 12/0 A really nice thread to tie with, accepts dubbing extremely well, exactly the right amount of wax makes the thread very managable. Not as strong as GSP but stronger than most conventional threads. Highly recommended."
Posted 1 week ago
"Prices were fair and the shipping was quicker than o had expected coming to the United States. Will definately purchase from them again."
Posted 1 week ago
"Very friendly and helpfull."
Posted 1 week ago
"Brilliant service without hassle. Spoke on the phone as they rang me back. Excellent and sorted out my enquiries. Was then able to make my purchases knowing that I had ordered the correct items. Would definitely recommend."
Posted 1 week ago
"Excellent service and fly products. I tie river and saltwater flies and this company provides a great range of materials"
Posted 1 week ago
"Top marks great products great prices great customer service... above and beyond highly recommend...thank you for all your help and will surely recommend you have ordered more and still the exceptional quality guys if you can do something about the weather here in NW Donegal then I can get out and try my Tight Lines..."
Posted 2 weeks ago
Hi and thanks so much for your very kind feedback.
With regards to the hatch chart, there is nothing for us to send out. It is available online to you as a registered customer. You just need to login to your account first and then you will see the link to the hatch chart under the Trout Flies link on the top menu bar.
If you need any help in accessing this please do get in touch directly.
Kind regards
Team TEF
Posted 2 weeks ago
"Although I have not tried products out in the field, I have tied a few flies in them and I am about to try them out shortly"
Posted 2 weeks ago
"fast efficient service would highly recommend"
Posted 2 weeks ago
"Quick delivery and well tied flies"
Posted 2 weeks ago
"A Very Good Company Great To Deal With, I Have Had A Small Issue With Website, But That Apart A Very Good Company"
Posted 2 weeks ago
Thank you so very much for your kind feedback. We are delighted to hear you are happy with our services. We would like to check on the point you raise about the site please. We are not aware of any technical issues so if you would care to email with the details of the small issue you had, we will be happy to look into this for you.
Thanks again so much
Team TEF
Posted 2 weeks ago
"I've been buying materials from Essential Fly for quite a number of years & will continue to do so for years to come. Their services has always been exemplary and, on the odd occasion that something isn't in stock, you are always kept advised or updated - there is nothing worse than waiting for something & not being aware of any issues associated with your order - rest assured with EF, if it does happen (not often I would add), you will be kept in the loop. 5 out of 5 GOLD Star :)"
Posted 2 weeks ago
Wow and thank you so much for your very kind feedback. We sincerely appreciate this and for your custom. Your feedback will be shared with our team throughout the company. You have genuinely made our day.
Thanks again
Team TEF
Posted 2 weeks ago
"Great service, very helpful and always with a smile."
Posted 2 weeks ago
"Quick delivery, good looking flies. Looking forward to using them"
Posted 3 weeks ago
"Quick delivery, had exactly what I wanted, well packed inferno bugs – thank you."
Posted 3 weeks ago
The Essential Fly is rated 4.87 based on 1,340 reviews

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