It is All In the Details
By Steven H. McGarthwaite
Bench Clutter: George E. Emanuel (muddler) wrote, "If there is one thing that will really slow down and reduce the quality of your time at the vice, it is clutter." Not only does it slow you down, it reduces your skills at the vice. Hard enough to remember the steps for the pattern you are tying, you also are trying to remember where you put the materials and tools you are using. It is better to have tool storage away from the vise, to pick the tools you need at the vise to tie the fly pattern. Only materials at the vise are those you are using. Clutter is the start of the slippery slope to Chaos. After you are done tying return all the tools and materials, to the proper place.
Lighting: Al Campbell wrote in his Field Editor Column, about the importance of "Good Lighting" for taking photos. A camera lens is it's eye, just as your eyes are your camera! If you have good lighting on the subject, your tying will be more accurate and easier. Lighting also includes a background so you sight is not distracted by clutter in you line of sight, and the color also helps to better highlight the subject.
Tools: Too many tools can defeat your fly tying by slowing you down. If you are a beginner then Al Campbell's article in Beginning Fly Tying is for you.
If you are beyond the beginner level, Ronn Lucas Sr.'s article may be better suited for your needs.
Materials: Others have written many times on this site, that you should wherever possible, obtain the best material for fly tying. I have also stated that material that is inferior is not worth the money, time or effort. It is important to buy the best you can afford, and to insure that it remains that way when not being used. Have containers for your thread, floss, tinsel, and wire when they are not being used, and sealed containers for your capes, furs, herls, tail and wing material and storage of hooks. On the front page of FAOL there is a Search Engine, type in the word Storage see how many articles are on this site covering that topic alone.
Here is one article that is about Hook Storage.
Here is an article on Thread Storage.
Finally a series of articles that covers just about everything else that needs proper Storage.
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