Tying Bench Clean-up

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by freestoneangler, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Jan 1, 2006
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    Ruby Valley, MT
    Wow, that was seriously overdue. Following my last major sweep and clean, the bench simply follows the laws of entropy and becomes a myriad of crap and mini-piles, lying all over the place. When I can no longer stand it, I spend an hour sorting and sweeping... looks good now and reignites my fly tying jones.

    But holy hell... when I begin to see the amount of stuff I have accumulated, I really begin to wonder if I'm saving any money tying my own patterns. Of course I know full well the answer to my own question since I also buy a lot of flies when I'm on trips. I suppose like many of you, I tie partly because I enjoy the craft and like making my own versions of basic patterns developed by the true artists amongst us, and partly because I convinced myself early on that I could save BIG $$ tying my own... suckers :D.

    And, it's clear I don't have the capacity to kick the habit as I just bought a crap load more stuff at Sportsman Warehouse this weekend -- because it was on a super duper clearance sale and I could save even more $$. I pray most of you never suffer this sickness.

    Oh well, the bench looks awesome and I found that hair stacker I'd been looking for ;) .
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  2. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

    Jan 23, 2004
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    Cranberry Country...a glorified coastal swamp!
    I fall into the "sucker" category, and my fly bench is probably the worst of anyones, when it come to being disorganized and messy. I almost got it organized well enough to tie something up the other evening, but by the time I'd located the hooks I knew I had (misplaced somewhere under something), and dug out the dubbing (I remembered buying years ago), it was time to get some sleep!
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  3. Tony Polizzi

    Tony Polizzi Active Member

    Apr 10, 2013
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    PT, OP
    Same here, though I never thought I was saving money.
    I find myself passing on purchased flies in my box in favor of those I've tied.
    Time at the bench is really relaxing I consider it all part of the same process. Not sure, but I think its all "fishing" , big blurry circle, watched the sunrise this morning at the butt end of my fly rod, in MA 9, saw a Minke whale, met an old German or Swede couldn't figure his accent, casting cut herring plugs, we joked with each other at our optimism.

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  4. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    Jan 1, 2002
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    Butte, Mt
    I quit tying. I could only tie up Elk Hair Caddis's half way good. Some what good on woven flies. But since I haven't tied up a fly in over five years I forgot how to.

    So I gave all my tying materials away. Now when I want some flies, I give a certain tier a message and I get the flies I want in the mail. Plus I still buy flies.
  5. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

    Oct 13, 2006
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    I am a sucker too.. The first time I showed Elizabeth my fly tying box I was greeted with "wow! You sure spent a lot of money to kill all sorts of different kinds of things.." If I figure a mean price of $4 per plastic bag, I probably have around $2500 bucks sitting there.. When I moved to Canada I gave away or threw out all but three of the medium moving boxes worth.