What to keep material and supplies in?

Ziplock bags in various sizes are indispensable. Silica gel packets (check in craft shops for packets or bulk silica gel) inside sealed bags or plastic bins with tight fitting lids will help keep everything dry, which goes a long ways towards keeping bugs out and extending the life of biological materials.

Are the fishpond bags the same size.. What so unique about the Tomahawk how much different is it than the old one ?

The hard case sounds better for travel ?

If you have an Ikea store nearby, they sell all types of small wood cabinets with different drawer combinations that fit on your desk top. If you go to the Fly Tying page and look for the posts about "Your Tying Area" and find "fishes-with-fly"'s post (me) you see them on my desk and cabinet top. Concidentally, the sizes of the drawers are literally the same size at standard packaging for wool, chenille etc... and the larger drawers will fit the packaging for neck, saddles, capes, Puglisi Fibers, etc... and pretty much everything in the "long" plastic bags. We'll worth the cost too, they aren't very expensive and come finished raw if you want to stain or paint them. Mine are just clear coated on the outside only. Leave the interiors raw.

I just use some plastic containers my wife picked up at IKEA. Before that, I used a canvas bag I bought at the Army Navy surplus store. Both work great.
Zip Lock Bags and Plastic storage boxes, brands of Plastic Storage boxes are Sterilite, Rubbermaid, and Tupperware. Many years ago I stored in shoe boxes, somehow and someway some moths got into my storage area destroyed close to $500 or more worth of fly tying material and flies that I had tied. I now use seal tight plastic for storage. Those moths ate everything natural that didn't have dye in it. If the feathers or wool was dyed they didn't touch it. Use plastic with a good seal. If you get some pheasant tail, grouse, or buck tail from a friend put it in the feezer for a couple of weeks before storing it. I learned the hard way, you can't be too careful.
Yes! The Ikea boxes. Mark, they look awesome!!!

You gave me an idea to color code the drawer fronts.

Am I right though. The drawers in most boxes are exactly the same size as the packaging for most materials. Mine are stuffed full. I really need to get a few more...


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My dad's old briefcase. I started using it when I was back in high school, it works great for travel, but it is a little too full. It has a hard case (covered in fishing stickers), and dividers. I can actually open it up, secure the vise to the lip and have everything right there. It is overly full now, and it has kind of become a "seasonal" suitcase. I keep the stuff I am not using that often in clear Rubbermaid like boxes, and put the stuff I'm using often in the suitcase. This allows me to still take it with me wherever I want and not crush my materials because it is over stuffed. Right now it is mainly my steelhead stuff.
For keeping stuff at home, I use the sterile plastic boxes. I have been lucky enough to get a ton of them at Goodwill for $1 each. For on-the-go I use an Eddie Bauer bag that was originally designed for carrying all your baby stuff... got that at Goodwill for $5... it holds a ton, has lots of inside and outside pockets. Just put materials in zip lock bags and then into the carry bag. Get travelling kit for when I travel.
For tying materials, I find lettuce containers such as sold by Costco (found in the chill section). Clear plastic about the size of a shoe box, stack well, a snap on lid, plus being transparent, I have an idea of the contents.

There's a retailer locally called Storables and they sell clear plastic chest of drawers. The frame structure is black and the drawers are clear plastic. The two bottom drawers are large and the top four drawers are about 4" deep. They make excellent storage for tying materials and are priced right, I think around $35.00 each. William Survey and I use to tie together and he turned me onto them. One of the best buys for flyfishing I've made. They're light weight, you can actually put them in the back of your truck quite easily and haul your materials to a different location when tying with friends. They're also useful for organizing other fishing/hunting gear, or using for clothes when friends/family comes for a visit.
Another option is to use a "sewing" box, which can be found at most craft stores. Great spaces for storing spools, tools, and materials. Since these boxes have handles, they are easily handled and can be taken along to your favorite water.