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Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Going back a few eons here…it can be fun to remember the progressions and epiphanies of our angling and tying journeys. From time to time I take a look at the odd tying tool, be it mainstream or nouveau, and how it fits into my tying.

For some years I tied flies using various kinds of natural hair, without bothering with any hair strand alignment at all. “Natural animal hair should be all over the place…like mine is,” I reasoned, looking in the mirror. “Wind exists out there, and we should mimic its effects in our flies. Bug wings are ratty and beat to hell, and fish wouldn’t have it any other way.” So my flies looked and held together like you’d expect: Horribly. more…

Thoughts on the TyWheel

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.


Resources For Choosing A Fly Tying Vise

With our annual ‘Upgrade Your Fly Tying Bench’ sale coming up in October, we thought it would be a good idea to point you to some information out there that will help you select your first or next fly tying vise. Here are some of our favorites:

Choosing The Right Fly Tying Vise with Kelly Galloup

Choosing The Right Fly Tying Vise Part II: Rotary Vises with Kelly Galloup

The Best Fly Tying Vise by Fly Fisherman Magazine

Get A Grip: Selecting Your First Vise by Fly Tyer Magazine

We can meet all your vise needs at J. Stockard. We carry these tops brands – the Montana and Blackfoot Mongoose from Griffin, the Danvise, Dyna-King’s top sellers, Apex and Anvil vises from Wolff, the Peak vise, HMH vises, a broad selection vises from Regal, the Norvise, Stonfo vises  and our JS economy vises. Look for special deals next month and find them all here.