Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Chef, Jan 15, 2011.
I have a friend who does have cat skins in his tying room.
2 more rules for me...
1 - don't sneeze... I have... it isn't pretty
2 - don't lick your fingers to help apply dubbing if you still have residual dubbing on them
I don't have the cat issue... but my 18mo old is fascinated by the sharpest objects in my tying kit...
I have a bernese mountain dog and her tail blows everything around everytime she comes in to check on me. Then our cats also love playing with any that falls on the floor.
I've also been fighting a sinus infection for a couple of weeks...sneezing is definitely not conducive to a positive fly tying experience.
New add on rules:
Additional Rule: When the wife wants to spend time with you, stop tying and sit next to her. Sitting at your fly tying desk while she is on the couch does not constitute spending time with her.
Additional Rule: When the wife decides to vaccum, make sure your out of range... (aka: go somewhere else). Or you will be in for the "why does the vacum makes all these weird sounds when I vacum by your fly tying desk?"
Chef, might be a good idea to keep your hooks in a magnetic bowl or on a strip...both before and after tying. With you scattering stuff about and your pets you might also want to buy all barbless hooks, or crimp all your barbs at one sitting.
Perhaps a collapsable garbage can or fly tyers waste bin (empty it each tying session to keep the pets from crawling into it) will go a long way at keeping the peace at home.
When I'm tying for a swap all the hooks for that swap go into the bowl. Put in the right amount and tie until they are all flies. Once tied they go into a box or container (altoids tin) to hold for the short term until they are all tied. When it is time for head cement, if you don't do it as you go, do it all at once then put them into your rotating fly dryer.
A nice rotating motor that spins at somewhere between 4 and 12 rpm and a creative cross section of large diameter pool noodle will make for a foam rotator that can take hooks directly, can have a rubber band put around it where you can pass your hooks under the band or add some alligator clips (crimped onto sewing T pins...both available at you local craft store in the sewing area).
You can build it. You can keep your tying area a bit more clean and safer. You can keep from getting forced out of the house and into the garage, storage shed, attic or balcony.
10/4 on the drying rack Mums. One of the best "tools" on my bench. Mine is a homemade affair whereby the finished flies hang on nylon cord.
I've found when a fly hangs on grooved (twisted) cord it stays in place quite well and takes a pretty good knock to free it from its perch. If needed it is easy to place the rack out of reach from pets or children.
I was thinking of making kinda like a hidden garbage area where I take a small round out of the desk where a drawer is and I can place all the garbage in there while I tie. Plus it keeps the clutter off the desk.
I have seen this done in a kitchen and like the idea.
Thanks Ed for the suggestions. I like the bowl. Are they big? No volume measurment on the web site.
One more rule: When at the fly shop buying supplies, if it ain't on your list, don't buy it. I don't know how many times I bought something not on my list I thought I needed and found I had 2 of them already back home. :beathead:
Chef, they are 4-5 inches in diameter. Easy way to make desk work, without cutting a hole out...drill two holes in the front edge. Cut a plastic coat hanger across the bottome, at the widest spot. A long straight piece. Push a bit of each tip into the holes you have spaced (about 1/2 the distance of the overall length of your piece of plastic coat hanger). Hanger inserted (and curved toward you), insert a small plastic grocery bag. Trim stuff, drop trimmings in there or sweep them to the front and off into the bag.
Get a hand vacuum. Simple, easy and always charged and at the ready.
Drill a smaller hole than you suggested and mount to it the nozzle of your shop vacuum. More force, don't drop anything you don't want to be gone.
Get as complex as you want. The neater you tie, the longer you'll tie hassle free in the house.
Sorry Bob, ain't gonna happen.
Your subconscience knows what flies you'll tie in the future that's why you come home with extra materials. Extra materials are only extra until you or someone else needs them! If it will help you feel better you can send your "thirds" to me, I'll hang on to them for you.
Bob: inventory sheets my friend!
No Rules, Just Right Ok, my-one-rule = Put the cap back on the head cement.