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#1 DarrellP

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 08:39 AM

We all have things we have figured out that help with tying and organizing and save money. For instance, using a "mouse pad" with strip cut in it to make a fly box, similar to Cliff's silicone base. Please post your frugal McGiverisms.
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#2 DFoster

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 09:55 AM

I keep my tying hooks in small parts boxes that I get from the Dollar Tree for a buck each.  They work well, the compartments are divided well enough that the hooks don't mix if you turn the box on it's side.  9 compartments each and 5 boxes stack nicely in my tying desk drawer.

https://www.dollartr...zer-case/237368

 

I'm sure these next two are not anything new to most of us -

 

1) Decent quills and tail feathers are available at the arts and crafts stores (Hobby Lobby, Michael's) for less than the local fly shop.

That being said I usually prefer to pay more and support the local fly shop - Fly tying and fishing advise, apparel, rods, reels, line, vises are NOT available at the arts and craft store.

 

2) $30 for replacement wading boot studs seemed steep.  So I bought a 100 pack of sheet metal screws for $5.  They're not as high crowned as actual studs but they work.  They do wear down much faster, I have to replace them 2 or 3 times per year.  The $25 I had left over went towards the purchase of a reel at my local fly shop.


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#3 j8000

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 10:00 AM

Garage sales!  I've found several Glass rods in really good shape for 10 bucks.  one very nice one for $20.  Several reels with about half still has good line.  One time I bought a bag of hackle feathers for a quarter (an older American brand, but still worked well for what I needed).



#4 The Mad Duck

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 10:01 AM

Net necessarily for tying,but I use the pill boxes that have 7 compartments if I want to carry flies without a bunch of weight


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 10:45 AM

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 09:43 PM

I use the small grey cylindrical boxes with an attached snap lid (the kind that diabetic blood test strips come in) to carry small split shot.

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#7 DarrellP

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:52 PM

http://www.flytyingf...topic=88214&hl=


Yeah, but this time I was looking for cheap stuff. Lol
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