George Emanuel (AKA: Muddler) did a series of articles, titled
Getting Organized in the Reader's Cast which can be also
found in Fly Tying Section Menu. They are good articles to read,
and even print out. But 'Getting Organized' is not the final
definitive word on the subject.
A mentor in fly tying instructions had a nifty way to store packaged
tying materials using 3 ring binders.
He had his hooks stored in a loose leaf (3 ring) binder, and marked
it HOOKS on the cover and spine of the binder. He used those
plastic protector sheets, used by people who collect sports trading
cards (Avery 79016). He would have each size hook in it own sleeve,
and used one sheet per hook number, and he divided the hooks into
sections with Tab Inserts, to separate the different Manufacturers
(Diiachi, Mustad, Partridge, TMC, ect.)
He had another 3 ring binder marked Stuff, and it had Plastic
Photo Pages, with 2 pockets per page (Avery 13406), and 4 pockets
per page (Avery 13403). This he used for his packaged rabbit dubbing
and strips, flashbou, beads, and packets of jungle cock, biot strips,
ect. Here, he also divided the sections with Tab Inserts, to separate
the different materials.
This way his Hooks & Stuff were stored neatly on a shelf, and
he could quickly find the 'hooks and stuff,' he needed for fly tying.
The major key to making this a success is to be disciplined enough
to put it back were it belongs, after you are done. Otherwise, all
the "Would Of, Could Of, Should Of" will not help you with managing
your materials. Best way I have of motivating myself is thinking
of all the dollars I have tied up in fly tying materials. Then I
think about that new fly rod I want to build, or that trip I want
to go on (I try to go on one fly fishing trip, to some famous
fishing area every year) and those trips do cost a lot of money.
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, in the Bulletin Board, on FAOL.
If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along.
Most of this material someone else thought of it before we did,
they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot
about it, while learning something else. Let us share with
each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H.
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