The market is littered today with fly tying stations ranging from just under $100, barely enough to balance a spool of thread, to those costing in the upwards of several hundred dollars. Oh yes, they are quite catchy to the eye, but are they really worth the money? No, I don’t think so. Do you even need a fly tying station? No, probably not. But if you are like me and need to add that extra zing to your fly tying man cave, then look no further! I will show you how to build a cheap yet functional tying station for just under $30. Hey, maybe it’s not what an A.K. Best would use, nor a Hawgdaddy, but it’s well worth the money in my opinion. Just tell people that Insane uses one, so it must be cool.
Ok, here is the quick and dirty version.
Materials and Tools needed:
some sort of drill
tape measure (you don’t really need it…)
3/8″ drill bit
1/8″ drill bit
hole cutting bit
3/8″ wooden dowels
1/8″ wooden dowels
3 wooden cutting boards of different sizes
The power tools should be easy to come by. If you don’t have them, don’t go out and buy one for this project. The thrifty man borrows stuff! You can find the wooden dowels, magnetic tape, wood glue, and cutting boards at Wal-Mart. When I built mine, I had found a 3 pack of wooden cutting boards for about $10. I haven’t looked since to see if they still have them, but don’t get anything fancy. As an alternative you could just cut some scrap boards to make your surfaces. Now, let’s get started…. Continue reading Insane Tactics: Build a fly tying station for under $30