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    Fly Bench

    The 10yr old has gotten into tying so built him this bench with some scraps from the garage/ shop. Iím not a Tyler but inevitably will get into it...

    Didnít see a thread on this, anyone have good ideas on a set up for desk/ bench/ storage?


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    I’m going to start tying...never done it

    I got this book: The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying
    It has a fairly deep library of techniques and how tos; and a cool split page system where fly patterns are on the top half & the lower half of the page you can find the appropriate technique description
    https://amatobooks.com/collections/f...im-schollmeyer

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    Haven't read the book I'm sure it's good. Learned all my fly tying from you tube.
    Every pattern imaginable and fairly easy to tie with a decent vise.
    After junking a cheap vise I replaced it with a renzetti.
    A quality vise is key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ::: ::: View Post
    Iím going to start tying...never done it

    I got this book: The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying
    It has a fairly deep library of techniques and how tos; and a cool split page system where fly patterns are on the top half & the lower half of the page you can find the appropriate technique description
    https://amatobooks.com/collections/f...im-schollmeyer
    Santa brought the kiddo this book, seems pretty good. Heís 10 so youtube is his teacher, he ties mostly streamers since weíre mostly on bass/ pike country. Some are pretty decent and creative and looking forward to flinging some of them around.


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    Move the vise to the front/center, and consider getting a vise with a pedestal instead of a clamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Underoos View Post
    Move the vise to the front/center, and consider getting a vise with a pedestal instead of a clamp.
    Thanks, itís already on the front and he just puts it there for storage. Heís 10 and the vise is brand new...think Iíll give him some time before any future investments are made. So far heís digging it.


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    Fly Bench

    Haha, sigh
    Practice will be required

    The quintessential first fly: San Juan Worm
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    Bead head caddis ?

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    I will 2nd getting a base for the vice, vs clamp. Last year I enrolled in a winter fly tying class sat the local shop, and SFB kindly donated a shitton of gear and materials to me. Included was a high end vice that could be used either with a base or a clamp. Base was sooooo much easier. Then the class got shut down due to Covid....


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    a class would be nice
    someone watching you who would just say something minor but hugely corrective

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    Fly Bench

    my eyes are really struggling with focusing on the thread wraps
    something about the tiny bits at the hook contrasting with a far away background -- my eyes are straining -- then when I look away, it's hard to focus at other distances for a few seconds
    i wonder if a screen or background behind the vice would help keep my eyes from struggling to maintain a near field of view

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    ^^^ this one looks ok, but the wing is loose...need a lot more practice

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    @dtown...to get back to your OP
    is that arena-style organizer actually useful?
    i’m realizing I’m going to want some way to keep stuff out but organized and not just spread over a table

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    I've made a few changes since I took this photo but this is basically what I'm working with


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    That looks great Swimmy!

    I just got my tying stuff back out for doing some patterns for the neighbor for Christmas.

    I am honestly very focused with my tying and have the small stackable tots next to my desk. I have them organized so it is easy to open them up and then put everything away. One with hooks, one with tools and the vise, one with threads, etc.

    This may not work for people that tie a lot of different flies. I just focus on all my small nymphing patterns and buy the rest from the local shop. It keeps me from spending a ton on material, but I also donít buy $3 RS-2s or whatever. I am not committed enough to learn something like an Amyís Ant or Green Drake and every time I tried stacking hair I made a mess and failed...lol

    For tying 20 to 24s, I have really enjoyed my Regal Medallion vise with brass base and SS jaws:

    https://www.tridentflyfishing.com/re...UaAt9VEALw_wcB

    Had it for 15 years and it still works awesome.


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    1) The boy is a month into this and really into it. The bench has 5 ďtraysĒ for hooks, beads, cone heads, etc that are usefully. Enough space for 25 spools and room for more if I want to add plus a few holes on the arms for tools. I like it because he can bring it to his buddiesí house so they can tie together. Going to set a more formal space like Swimmy, right now itís in his room so he ties flies while going to school virtually.
    2) Heís already asking for a rotary vice w/ a base, sounds like a bday present. Any recommendations from anyone?
    3) Schultz Outfitters out of Ipsilanti, MI is doing virtual tying sessions that seem pretty solid, maybe not beginner lessons though. Great shop and good guys but being out of the Midwest, itís mostly smallmouth and Great Lakes steelhead flies, which works for me being in Chicago area.


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    Iím using a Peak Fishing rotary
    Itís not one of the top brands but it seems well made (USA) & it was <$170
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    Regal does a rotary vice....it is expensive though...but he would never need another vice in his lifetime.


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    Trying to get a #14 bead head hare’s ear going...
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    Check out the Renzetti Traveler.

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    That hares ear will catch some fish!


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    Good to hear it passes a visual test
    My lead up versions to that is like a “evolution of man” cartoon
    loong way to go yet...keep practicing

    i fucked up the herl wrap on a Brassie last night & just threw a hackle scrap on it...it is now a conflicted nymph

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    Work in progress but sheís coming along. The live edge slab is a hemlock that was reclaimed out of the Columbia river where it was used as boom log back in the day. Epoxy and 4 coats of poly.




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    Desktop looks great!

    (What are the clippers for?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by swimmy View Post
    Work in progress but sheís coming along. The live edge slab is a hemlock that was reclaimed out of the Columbia river where it was used as boom log back in the day. Epoxy and 4 coats of poly.



    Your desk makes my OCD brain very happy. Wish I had the space doe such a set up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ::: ::: View Post
    Desktop looks great!

    (What are the clippers for?)
    Thanks. I use the clippers for trimming deer heads. You can use scissors but the clippers are a little more efficient.

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