Monday, December 10, 2007

Trick My Fly Dungeon

While I do enjoy fly fishing Utah's cold winters, it is also a great time to tie and replenish the fly boxes. As if ritual I head down to my fly dungeon and begin the task at hand.

Over the past several years I have convinced my significant other that having a dedicated room for all my fly tying material is a MUST NEED! I don't think she would argue the fact knowing about all the materials I have collected over the years and some she doesn't know about. Having a "Fly Dungeon" is important for any serious fly tyer. Mine also just happens to be accomidated with a nice bed for those late nights at the vise.

Whether your space is large or small, trickin it out can make it quite nice. Here are a few suggestions that can help:

- A clean tying space SAVES money! Putting materials where they belong will help you find things easier when you need them and not have you at the flyshop anymore then you already are. For some an excuse to visit the shop is a good thang.

- Start with a desk or tying table. Bins, containers, or other material storage types can be placed in areas that are easy to reach and get to when you are tying. Sometimes just a large table with plenty of tying room is all you need.

- Having a small bookshelf close by is nice. If you are anything like me, I collect fly tying books and magazines. Not having to dig through boxes to find a favorite article and being able to pull books off the shelf to reference patterns is nice.

- Having a laptop computer in your workspace is nice for looking up patterns or ideas on the web and of course for those alone times when the tying gets tuff. A cheap laptop can be purchased usually for under $100 through most of your classifieds and is powerful enough to get you to that favorite website. I also use mine to stream gotta have the fly tunes!

Creating the perfect Fly Dungeon is fun. For me the Fly Dungeon is always revolving into something new or better. So this winter define your fly tying space and trick it.



Jake said...

I like the chests on your desk, where did you get those at?

JayMorr said...

Jake, the chests that you see on my desk can be picked up from Lowes Hardware store. I picked them up a year ago around Christmas time. Now would be a good time to check for them.

Thanks for visiting!


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