What to keep material and supplies in?


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I new to fly tying and I have three cats who love the idea of the material and tools. For example, I was tying last night and needed to step away for an hour and soon to come back to the thread broken off the hook, the bobbin under the couch (that took 20 minutes to find) and the one cat playing with the deer hair.

So, what do you all keep your materials in and supplies in as far as storage goes?


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I've found clear plastic shoeboxes to be very serviceable and cheap (I believe the last time I bought them I paid $6.00 for four). I label them in general categories (necks and saddles, miscellaneous feathers, hair and fur, etc.), add a few mothballs where necessary and stack them in an inexpensive, particle board cabinet that holds over two dozen.

Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
Shoot the cats. You can buy a new shotgun for about 400 bucks.

Alternatively you can go to any department store and buy plastic containers in all shapes and sizes.

I'd do both.

Go Sox,

stewart dee

You sure could use a 400 dollar shotgun. I use to use a file cabinet with dividers.


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I was thinking of using a shotgun. Then I could use the cats hair to tie with. Just gotta figure out how since they are indoor cats..... dont want the wife to know. :)
Plano makes some tackle boxes that work very well for sorting fly tying material... it also doubles as a good case to take your fly tying stuff with you to the river... I also use some cheap plastic 3 drawer tupperware on my desk
I used to use cheap, plastic standing drawers available at any department store. The best purchase I have made along these lines has been this bag from Fishpond. I can get all my materials and tools in here, although I have to sit on it to zip it up when maxxed out. I know its expensive especially for a new tier, but since it works as storage and travel, it makes sense.

http://www.ezflyfish.com/ficoflytykit.html This is my favorite, I have had it for years and love the thing. They no longer make it, but it can be found via the interweb shopping.

http://fishpondusa.com/tomahawk-fly-kit.cfm This is the newer model - it doesn't have the hard case which I prefer but I am sure it is nice. Although I havent seen it.
I use shoe boxes too. They're cheap and the lids snap on. The problem is that if I leave anything out, I find it on the floor because my cat likes the smell of the materials, I guess. In the long run, I can't get rid of the cat because she's part of the family so I try to remember to close the lids and put them away. I have other things in mind, however, like the cat proof room.
I use plastic boxes - Rubbermaid, or Sterilite types that have lids that seal tightly. I don't care for bugs - do you really want them eating your AA JC necks? I avoid commercial bug reppellants, instead I get cloves at the supermarket & liberally dump those in the boxes. I store the boxes in cupboards, or in closets to keep the wife happy.