Nothing infuriates me more than having just returned from the
fly shop, and sitting down to tie a fly or two, than discovering
I have forgotten to buy a particular item, which I am now almost
out of altogether.
Last year I, as did many of you, organized all of my materials
as I wrote the series "Getting Organized" for FAOL.
Now, having gotten organized, finally, I am dumb founded at my
ability to run out of any material. After all that was a major
thrust of the exercise. We were going to be able to put our
fingers on all of our supplies instantly, and not waste more
money buying items we already had.
I am happy to announce that I have not overbought anything in the
past year or so. I have used the money saved to purchase items I
did not have, but desperately needed. Well, OK but I had to buy
them eventually, right?
So, how did I run out of an item? How should I know. Maybe the
tying fairies neglected to tell me they had used some of my
feathers and hooks!
I solved the problem easily by using a pocket sized spiral bound
notebook, into which I enter items to be procured on my next trip
to my local, (30 miles away) fly shop.
I wrote on the front of the book, "Fly Tying", so that I hopefully
will not note that my suits need cleaning or that I am out of pork
and beans. So far, so good. I have only listed materials in the book.
I keep it on the bench with a pen, and take it with me when I go
to the shop. It has listed neatly those materials, which I need.
Each time I fill my needs I use a single line through the item so
that I know I have filled that need. This way I should have a pretty
neat "history" of my purchases. I guess I could list a "date" also,
but let's not get anal about this system.
We are all getting older, so why not use this very old trick!
Tight lines and I'll see you on the stream. I'll be the guy who
forgot his waders.
Guess I had better start another notebook!
If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this
material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas
too!~ George E. Emanuel
(Chat Room Host Muddler)