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Making A Fly Tying Bench

Fritz made his own fly tying bench, saving money.

By Fritz Nordengren

Fly Tying Stuff

What do you do with all the fly tying stuff you need to "roll your own" flies?

Fritz Nordengren
I'm tying some flies and learning the basics.

I've found that I really would like to have one of those fly tying benches -- the ones with the work area and a place for your tools and your spools of thread. Cabelas has one for $80. Orvis has them from $150 - $300. But I've learned from the web, a way to make one for under 20 bucks.

First off, the problem. Fly tying has a lot of "stuff". I have feathers, hair, hackle, beads, and hooks, ranging from big to almost microscopic to my 43 year old eyes. And I can keep this stuff in a box, on a shelf, but when I start tying, the "stuff" goes everywhere, my tools get hidden and nothing is where I want it to be.

So I started looking in catalogs and web sites for a fly tying bench. They aren't really benches as much as they are small workspaces that rest on a table or desk.

For example, Oasis (www.oasisbenches.com) makes a nice selection and variety of sizes of benches. With most benches priced at $100 - $350, I wasn't sure I was ready to invest at that level for my first year of trying.

But the solution came from a number of web sites and posts on fishing forums, which I modified to come up with my own solution. And I'll share it here with you.

I was walking though my local * Mart store when I found a Maple Carving board set -- 3 different sized carving boards for $9.99 That's when I developed my plan and set out to build. At the same store, in the craft aisle, I bought a 1/4" x 36" dowell and a 7/16" x 36" dowell for less than $1 each and then some 1/2" magnet strip for about $2.00.

The exact measurements of the board are not important, however, the larger board measures 17 3/4" x 11 1/2". The two smaller boards measure 9" x 11 1/2" and 6 3/4" x 8 3/4". In my design, I wanted space to mount my tying vice, and space for tools or various sizes, and some recessed cups for holding things.

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