Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Tying Area... (in 41 short photos)

I've seen a bunch of posts the last few months showing peoples tying areas, so I thought I'd share my little corner of the world;
My M.I.L. gave me this old dresser/desk thing, It displays some of my antique tackle, and manages to hold an unbelievable amount of shit. I have a little bit of artwork fishing/nature related on the wall to set the theme.The corner cabinet holds all my old reels and antique lure boxes, itself is made from a local 300 yr old barn (chestnut) which is appropriate, my house is a chestnut post/beam colonial.

Kinda looks inconspicuous, right. ...

one of the top drawers holds some of my fly boxes, I happen to have all my full 'daily fishing' boxes in my fishing bag. (I don't like showing those off, there private.)

The secret unleashed! It's not a drawer, a hidden lever, when depressed, releases the door, which folds down to a desktop work area!

Most of my regular tying supplies are kept on this surface, rather sloppy. after I'm done tying, I kinda just shove it all back in and close the door.

Pull out the vise, plug it in, and most stuff is in reach. Having a spotlight is a must! My bead mat is ready-there, the Hex bucket is for trash/scraps.

Two small drawers up top hold first, my special hooks, and second, my other tools.  many other tools.

Stuffed into the rear enclave is my small threads (8/0 down to 17/0) I also keep my glues, epoxies, hair stackers, and other bobbins here.

To the left, I have my box of beads, all seperated by size, color, etc. In the back, various dubbing containers, and 3 full sets of wing cutters.

The vise area all tucks away nicely, keeping this area of the house 'wife approved'

Nice n' neat

Big drawer number 1.   My long feathers, and Some hair. Not fur, that's later. Also, there is my lazy-susan of thread holding another 30 spools or so, and some extra vises for my friends.  the smaller tupperware holds all my rabbit strips.

Under my ling feathers, there's another box of hair (not fur)

many different hair

The bottom drawer is three layers deep. mostly these neat stackable tupperware containers I got at Mall Wart.  But first layer is hook trays

Everything seems to fit perfectly in these drawers with the right tupperware, and it's neat looking.

Hook layer removed, the first 5 containers.

Brightly colored deerhair for attractors

Chuck full of Foam, and bug skins, and thin skins, wing sheets, foils, etc. This container is hard to shut it's so full

this container is all my different color/type biots, and my marabou.

All types, sizes, and colors of yarn. Lots of yarn

This one's kinda mix. all colors of mayfly tails, bug legs, CDC, CDL, and flanks. and more marabou.

Second layer removed, and 3 more tupperwares.

lots of Larva Lace. I love this shit. Theres more up in my tying area because i was using the fine stuff lately. Makes great leg, ribbing, whatever.

Many faces. kinda creepy all these cute bunny rabbits looking at you. also, snowshoe, mink, and muskrat pelts

The best tupperware is last. DUB!!!!!!!    lots of DUB!!!! all colors, all blends, like the cookie monster, I Love Dub!!! YUMYUMYUM

there's more in this box than you think

More long feathers in one of my wooden hex bamboo tubes, and a full Pheasant skin hanging on the wall. Does your wife let you hang a dead animal on the wall like art?   It's actually pretty cool looking!

I call this the wig. Its a bunch of different flash's etc stuck on a holder, like you might see in a George Clinton wig shop!

the creel is from the 1930's, and is my dump-all. the basket has 3 FULL antique Richard Wheatley's The platter is from a Ct Streamer tyer, The 3 reels in the backround are all Ct made cage reels from 1909-1917. There's actually 7 or 8 rod tubes hidden behind this cabinet. The rod is my current 'daily' its a Naked 5'8" blonde

Drawer 1... Grizzly

Gingers, JC, Pheasant, and tan grizz,  There's prolly 15 capes in the first 2 drawers.

Partridge in maybe 6 colors, assorted other capes

Lower drawers are all hen

I love old Lures. wood, unique, glass eyes, They're all cool to me.

More antique reels

3 sweet Artsy-craftsy decoys

I love Decoys. Handmade Americana. The more used they look, the better! This platter is also fly-related. suspended within the glass-mirror is a dozen or so catskill flies. Probably 1950's


  1. I dig your tying setup. I hope to have something like that some day.

    1. Thanks alot! Years of collecting the right stuff, and having an understanding wife who enables my OCD helps.

  2. Hi Nate!

    Pretty well organized and things around that inspires fly tying. Really nice! I also have an understanding wife. It's a must if you got the fly tying "bug".

    Keep on tying nice flies,
    Mats Olsson

  3. Inspiring sounds good I like that. The Tupperware kind of serves 2 purposes. First I can see what I need and quickly get it out and Seal it back up... Because second. ... My 2 year old like to rip everything out of the containers. . . Its baby proof

  4. Hey those reels all the way to the left. Those are great lakes specials right. I have two of them. Do yours have the hand brakes as well? They were used up where Im from for big musky. Cool settup. I like the old lures as well, it looks like the who's who from the abroghast and heddon collection.

    1. Reels to the left.... if you mean on top of my corner cabinet, yes one of them does have a handbrake, I really don't k ow mush about the larger ones, wish I did. I have seen my 2largernew mahogany ones rigged o later rods before, they are actually not fly reels, but bait casting reels. I think the far left one is also. . Yes Heddons are some of my favorites, although I'd take a no-name home-made over those any day of the week. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. 'm a little late getting to this comment, but all I can say is WOW. That is a lot of tying stuff. Makes my stuff look like a micro set.

    1. Thanks Mark. I just got back from the Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, Ma. ... so now there's even more stuff. How can you resist Micro tip scissors painted like a brookie, or a shorty rite- bobbin? man I got a problem. Met a fellow blogger today; Mark, Grobert of He seemed pretty cool, gave a cool presentation. Pat Cohen was sitting right next to him with some cool flies, then Rich Strolis. Pretty stuffy day, but fun.