J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Brita Fordice, Find Brita on Instagram

I like to joke when folks look at my tying desk that “there’s creativity in the chaos.” At first glance it looks very comparable to what you would envision as ordering one of every fly tying material ever made, having placed in perfect stacks on the table top, and then promptly allowed a full mosh pit to rock out on top in time to AC/DC.

That said, it’s not pretty….. The biggest issue faced as a fly tyer is that I have too much to really contain in anything less than 40 gallon Rubbermaid bins organized as best I can (or will), yet the little items such as the two spools of thread I’m working with today, and the Lagartun micro braid I plan to use tomorrow end up having to be replaced and then taken out again every other fly. The beads I’m using and hooks as well are equally painful. But if I leave them on my tying desk (which I so often do) it ends in the predicament I found myself in last winter when I had literally locked myself via the pad of my left foot about an inch up off the carpet with a 2/0 Tarpon hook. It required rescuing and a major loss of dignity…

The TyWheel has been the best innovation I’ve found in decades to answer this problem. It’s not so big that it gets in the way, and it’s not so small that you are limited by the amount of material you can store on it. It allows for customization as well, so I find myself removing the shallow trays when I am spinning deer hair and replacing with the trash bin attachment. This makes it so easy to keep the deer hair bits from getting all over the place. My favorite part of all with the TyWheel is the fact that darn near everything is magnetic. The tray being magnetic is genius, as I can throw a bobbin threader at it from 4 feet away and it will grab it and hold it. It also allows me to be uber lazy and use my dying vacuum to vacuum up the micro fuzzies on the tray and not have it suck up the hooks! Granted those with a vacuum that actually works well may have negative results.


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