More Saving Time Tips, continued
By AK Best


More from A.K. Bests', Advanced Fly Tying, chapter on Saving Time:

    26. An additional small-parts cabinet is a very convenient place to keep boxes of hooks you use most often. I put dry-fly hooks in a column of drawers, beginning with #24 and 26 in the same drawer at the bottom of the column, working my way up with #22 and 20 in the next drawer, then #18, 16, 14, and 12, each in its own drawer. I put nymph hooks in the next column, streamer hooks in the next, long-shank dry-fly hooks in the next, and miscellaneous hooks and sizes in the last column. Label each column with the hook manufacturer and style, then label each drawer with hook size. All your hooks are within short reach and easy to find.

    27. Purchase the highest-quality tools and materials that your pocket will allow. Both will allow you to tie great-looking flies with increased efficiency. You simply cannot tie good-looking flies with inferior meterials or tools.

    28. Tie at least one fly every day.

In other words, get organized and think methodically.

All the above ideas will help you establish a rhythm to your tying, and rhythm is the key to consistency and production. Some of the ideas outlined above may seem a little awkward at first - but so did learning to tie your own shoes. I'll bet you can do it without thinking now.

Finally, you must remember that we all have good days when everything goes better than we expect. Enjoy them! Then there are those days when nothing seems to go right. Relax and struggle throught it, because that will be your tying rate for the day. Or just tell yourself, "To hell with this, I'm going fishing!" ~ A. K. Best


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