This month to put a twist in this month’s TIE THIS! Feature and instead talk about some basic tips on keeping your fly tying bench a little less cluttered. I am guilty about letting my tying station get cluttered up and becoming a crazy mess as much as the next person. But I hope to be better about it now. Let’s explore some essentials, and I will share some of my own tips and tricks to help you streamline your bench and create an efficient and enjoyable tying experience.
Create a Space For Creativity and NOT Work.
I have found over the years that having a special dedicated space for my fly tying helps me focus, keep track of my materials and actually cultivates a place for me to be creative. This space does not have to be a separate room. It is nice however to have a place that you don't have to set up every time you want to tie flies. The point of dedicating a space for this is that you will have a place to keep your tools and materials. You can personalize your area and make it support your creativity. Let the space be a place you go to be creative and avoid looking at your space as a place you have to "work". I know some people tie flies as work.. but even then you should look at your work as a time to be creative and have fun. Never let your tying become a tedious activity. Add some pictures, maps, diagrams, books, or fly displays. Clutter is a sign that we are not slowing down to the moment. Roll top desks are nice but can be bulky and expensive. I have a fold away desk from IKEA that I use that works great.
Organize Your Materials
Efficient organization of your fly-tying materials is key to a well-managed bench. Consider using clear plastic containers, drawer dividers, or small tackle boxes to sort and store materials such as feathers, fur, threads, and beads. Label each container to easily locate specific items when needed. I have found pill boxes great for holding yarn, dubbing and hooks. I have also found folders with clear pockets for photos work great for holding feathers. By keeping your materials together you not only keep them organized you also know what you have and what you may need to replace or NOT buy more of on impulse when you see it. Seeing materials you have can also be inspiring to you