I got into a rare cleaning mood today. I decided
I needed to organize a few things on my tying desk.
You have to understand that this used to be the desk
of a bank president. It is fairly large, but I have
stuff all over it.
I had acquired some rectangular plastic containers and
thought that I would get similar materials together. I
started by putting several of the containers on the floor
and putting wet fly hackle in one, dry fly hackle in another,
skins of pheasants and grouse ect in another. I just kept
I did find a few things I did not remember that I had.
When I got all of this sorted out, I then organized
each container so that the materials would be easier
to find when I wanted to lay my hands on them.
I then put these out in the hallway and started on the
next round of materials. I have more marabou and chenille
than I remember getting. I think part of it comes from
a few folks who have seen what I use to tie flies and
pick up any of these materials that they find at auctions
and salvage stores. I have a container of long stemmed
marabou and one of short stemmed marabou.
I have chenille in three different sizes and I think
four different kinds.
I then got these organized as to colors in each
container by putting them in plastic bags.
I then did this with the thread that I have and with
the ribbons and tinsel that I have picked up at
various places. I have a couple containers for
each of these.
I then put the pipe cleaner materials, foam, and
other assorted materials each into their own container.
I had received some plastic tubes previously from
another tier that I put all my flash materials
into. These went into one container.
One big container got all of my Halloween hair and
craft fur pieces. One container got all of the
stuff that did not fit into any of these categories.
What I then had left was a whole bunch of boxes
containing hooks. I had found a couple of sacks
that had boxes of hooks in them that I could not
remember in the least. I said something about
this and my office Assistant/technician said
that someone had brought them in and she had
just tossed the sacks "onto the mess." I had
been give 500 Mustad nymph hooks from size 6
Another sack had 11 boxes of Eagle Claw hooks
that had been opened and some of the hooks used.
Someone had gotten them in an estate sale in a
box and had no use for them. These were wet and
dry fly hooks from size 4 to 20.
There was a box that had come in the mail sometime
from a person who had been a salesman that called
on my office. He was starting to fly fish a little
and I gave him some flies. He had called me and
asked if I ever used Aberdeen Hooks. When I said
yes he e-mailed me a picture of some hooks and
asked if I wanted them. I e-mailed back and said
yes. I ended up with 15 boxes of Aberdeen hooks
from size 6 to 12.
When I got all of these hooks out and divided by
types, I decided that I would have to split them
up by size also. I have five containers with hooks;
three for wets and two for dries. I may not have to
buy a hook for a couple of weeks.
In fact I don't need to buy very many materials for
a while until I get some of the things on hand used
up. Of course if some great new material comes out,
I might just have to break down and get it. Then there
are those feathers that I don't have that I use on a
couple of patterns. I also need some fine mylar to
tie a crappie pattern that I had sent to me.
I guess I had better go get some more containers. I
hope you don't have any problems with your materials,
and that you always keep them organized.
Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick