I like seeing fly tying desk/box/workspace photos. Here’s mine. It’s the table that I use for sewing, and I use the desk’s built-in drawer to store all fly tying materials (I don’t tie a huge variety of flies, so I don’t have a ton of materials). The vise is a $20 one from Cabela’s, and I made a bobbin cradle for it out of a red wire coat hanger. While I’m sure I’ll replace the vise with a more expensive one in the future, it’s worked well for me for a couple hundred flies so far.
What does your fly tying desk/space look like?
Jason Klass just posted to his blog this interview with Jason Sparks, and included is a picture of his fly tying desk.
Also, there’s a subreddit (/r/bugstations) that’s all about fly tying stations.
I have two.
One is portable travel kit, the other is a kitchen table vice. I keep current tye stuff on a tray. My materials in a storage box.
I had a huge fly tying spread at a couple of homes I’ve lived in.
I’m really not a tyer so to speak. I do it for my craft yet my tying is utilitarian.
I used to take a small thumb vise with me to tye stream side. I decided that was not my deal. I go fishing to fish…
There is a contingency that tyes “in hand” which I find painful. You go right ahead and hone that skill.
Nice thread starter.
I hope it gains traction.
I made a quick run to a box store and bought some lumber and made this desk over a weekend years back. I had to add the little pegboard wings on the hutch for additional room, along with the pop up shelf for the spools and tools (still haven’t bothered to stain it). I had thought about transforming my reloading bench into a tying bench, but thought better of it for sentimental reasons. I love to tie and tend to go off on tangents when I sit down to tie a pattern. I fish with western rods and reels as well and like to tie a variety of flies, from tenkara flies, to chironomids for my lake fishing, to double hook articulated streamers (aka Galloup style). There isn’t much I haven’t tried (and failed) with flies, but it makes me happy in the long Montana winters.
I was in Island Park this week and the fly shop had a pic in the bathroom of a nice fly tying set up.
That’s a great way to enlarge your asteroids, I mean hemorrhoids. I called them asteroids, because they are not in your “hem”. :o)
Ahhhh, the jokes of an internist.