Another question, Fly tying Organization
Dont mean to keep bugging everyone but I have another question. I was wondering how everyone kept their tying desk orgainized. I have so much crap now, it looks like a bomb exploded on it. I know its going to be mesy but its hard to find a lot of crap now. I noticed some good ideas at tie fest, but forgot them all ready. I have about 13 bucktails, boxes of hooks, bags of hooks, a ton of Flash and flashabo, spools of thread, tools (do have a tool caddy), some all ready tied flies, and my vice. There is stuff EVERYWHERE!!! and im starting to buy freshwater stuff to and have some of that stuff laying around.
Does anyone have a way to keep things a little more organized? Pictures would really help but just some suggestions would be great!
I have a cheap set of plastic drawers, from Target or wherever, it is maybe 4 ft tall with a half dozen or so drawers that are several sizes. It holds a lot of stuff and its easy to move around. I also use plano boxes to hold hooks, thread, weighted eyes, and other stuff and plastic zip lock bags that fit into the drawers. Its amazing how much stuff I have aquired, including a couple dozen deer tails in lots of colors.
When you start to tie and get more proficient at it you will catch the sickness. It is as predictable as a crack dealer standing on the corner.
Build the addition to your house now for all the fly tying crap you will amass... ALSO, If you are married practice this sentence in the mirror... "Honey, I know it seems expensive, but this is the last fly rod (or fly reel) I'll need.." (You will say that many times.) enjoy...
Some of the signs of sickness... Inability to pass a craft store without looking around... sitting on the crapper with a flashlight and fly tying material catalog... I can go on and on, but you will need to find out yourself.
Good Luck... and oh by the way...there is no cure...Thank GOD
1st make a list of materials to be stored.
On your list also record the length of the materials so that your container won't cramp the buck tails or capes, etc. Go to a store such as Big Lots or Wally World and find a set of plastic file drawers on wheels. I roll out my two cabinets from the wall when tying.
Buy a 3 or 4" thick sheet of closed cell foam and a lazy susan race way. Cut the foam and glue it to the race way. Now make holes in the foam to hold your tools. To find a tool just turn the raceway. Mine has a hole in the center that holds my magnifying lamp.
I lucked out a found a mail/key slot desk from an defunct guest house. You could make you own with different size pigeon holes.
To keep from spilling glue cut pieces of closed cell foam wide enough to hold your glue bottle but not tip over.
To hold beads & lead eyes buy the circular bead box with the center hole. Drill a hole in your table, insert a dowel rod and stack the plastic boxes upon each other. Found at most Gander Mt's and craft stores.
1 pic = 1,000 words
Tool lazy susan and foam holders to prevent head cement spills..
Additional rollers for hooks and book holder made from a printer stand.
Joe: Take a long look at those pictures posted above... You have been warned... and if the thought... "I'll never get that involved.." passes through your mind after looking at FlyFlingers Photo... well you know the rest...
OH !!! and after seeing FlyFlingers room another warning sign crossed my mind... you will never look at an animal or pet again without wondering what fly could be made with the fir or feather... sorry...
Oh, Oh, I forgot to say that Dubbing, the orange cat, earns her keep! Hiding behind the door is 11 fly rods but don't tell my wife.
I feel your pain... and LOVE the name for the cat.
That is awsome!!! The funny part is, that I was thinking about using some hair from my chocolate Lab to make some dry flies! hahah,
That room is amazing though. Wait till I show my mom. Now she cant get mad at my desk. Im all ready adicted! I really cant stop getting stuff and just tying. That really is awsome!!! It would be cool so sit down and tie with you, im always for learning!!!