Many fly anglers naturally end up becoming fly tyers, and you end up with a collection of feathers, furs, thread, tools, hooks, shanks, I could go on. Your collection keeps getting bigger and bigger, and if you’re like many tyers out there, unless you own a fly shop or are a professional fly tyer, you don’t have the square footage or permission to dedicate to a fly tying studio. In addition, trying to collect, gather and sort all the tools and materials for fly tying nights or take all your tying stuff with you on extended fishing trips can be challenging. You inevitably will forget the material you need for that one fly you want to tie because you tried to put all of your stuff in a small old tackle box.
Today, we offer a solution that tackles both challenges and will take you to the next level. By creating a Fly Tying Kit that is organized and portable. You don’t need a dedicated studio and desk for your tying sessions at home, and you can pick up your tying kit and take it with you to your fly tying sessions at your local fly shop or while you’re on the road. Best of both worlds. Without going all Martha Stewart on you, here are some Fly tying Organization ideas to help you better keep, organize and transport your fly tying gear. Let’s start building your kit.
Rubbermaid Roughneck Tote to hold and carry all your material and gear – Inexpensive, rugged, water-resistant, versatile, and easy to carry, the Rubbermaid Roughneck Tote makes a great container for all your fly tying materials, tools, and gear. They come in various sizes to accommodate the amount of stuff you have. There are other totes, but the Rubbermaid Roughneck won’t break or crack when you drop them.
Sterilite Latching Containers to organize your materials – These small, clear, latching containers are lightweight and very portable. They come in various sizes to fit smaller materials like chenille, dubbing, and small bags of rabbit strips. They have sizes that will fit your longer materials like flash and rubber legs. Some sizes will accommodate even your longer plumes and feathers. With a good combination of sizes, you can find a container that will fit most of your tying materials. The key is to be strategic in your organization. Don’t just mix your materials into one container. Be intentional about what material goes into a container. The clear containers make materials easy to identify.
Plano Storage Boxes – We’ve talked about how much we like them as fly boxes. They also make great organizing bins for your thread. With the right size bin, you can fit individually fit your thread. Not only are they visible, but they are easily accessible. They also make good storage for your eyes, heads, and beads. They store shanks and hooks. The boxes with removable slots are not the best for small hooks. For small hooks, find pre-molded slots that are not removable.
You can find all these items at your local hardware stores, office stores, or hunting and fishing stores. The best part of all these is they are all relatively inexpensive.
Creating a Portable Fly Tying Kit doesn’t take much money and is worth every penny to enhance your fly tying experience no matter where you go or just simply keeping things tidy at home.
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