Its true that when one starts tying flies everything is in
danger, the dog, the cat, the birds in the yard...who knows.
Well construction materials have proven most useful for me.
While insulating a part of my home I had some pieces of 2 ½ or
3 inch thick foam board style insulation left over. An idea flashed
in my head with my messy fly tying table.
I cut this foam board into 3 or 4 squares. One I drilled 18
big holes in to hold all my permanent markers upright. Another
I stuck my scissors into (protecting the tips) and then began
poking in my bobbins, hackle pliers, bodkins, whip finisher and
various other tools.
This not only works great to organize but protect.
Then I had a bunch of multiple colored goose wing feathers,
turkey quills and what not lying around. Heavy feathers like
this just poke right into the foam. No more jumbling through
piles of feathers for wing case material or biots and what not.
Now my tying table is clear for a whole new bunch of
clutter! ~ Lloyd Metcalf, Buxton, ME
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