Show us your bench #12- Ron Cavalier

featured, Fly Tying Desks & Tying Areas — By on October 5, 2011 8:19 pm

“you will see the desk in it’s entirety, as well as my way of storing hooks, eyes and legs used daily when tying. Notice I have canvas attached at various points of the tying desks to hold different tools.

Just to the left you will see my left side tying station. This is where I keep my various threads, all on bobbins and ready to go. You will note the tying threads are set in sections each section holding different size threads. The extreme left holds “A” threads, while size 8/0 is next in line, followed by 6/0, then Flymaster, then mono cord and last is the 3/0 flat wax thread. Below the thread you will see various compartments holding more hooks, eyes, color pens and more silicone legs. Note the individual material drying discs. They are controlled by switches directly beneath the series of turners.

Below the surface of the desk is a series of drawers holding natural tying materials such as marabou, rabbit, calf tails and various feathers. Each drawer is sub divided with drawer organizers to separate material so each color has it’s own place. On top of the actually tying desk, you will see various compartments holding different hooks which are separated by size going from left to right in each container.

The bookshelves just behind the tying chair on each side of the computer keyboard holds materials that are used each day on the left side, while the right side holds tying videos as well as other movies. I keep the bulk of my supplies on shelves in plastic containers marked with the contents of each in my garage and they take up the entire one side of the garage (it’s where I keep the materials I buy in bulk). My tying consists of most saltwater, however recently I have begun to tie more fresh water flies for my friends. I actually began tying in 1950 when I was a child. Tying then amounted to pan fish flies tied on a $1.50 vise and without the use of a bobbin. I stopped tying when I entered the US Army, and tied once again after being discharged. Other things such as marriage, a son and a business got in the way of tying until I moved to Florida in 1974. I started fishing heavily and while not fly tying, I did fly fish. In 2000, I began my tying in earnest and after buying one of each and every vise out there, and I mean almost every expensive vise built, I settled on using Norm Norlanders NorVise and have been very happy in doing so. I like experimenting with new materials and how they will work on different flies.”

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  1. James says:

    Almost as bad as mine:)

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  2. Midge says:

    Wonderful, and would love to come to a class you have once a month. Great flies, love the other magazine articles you did.

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  4. Cardo says:

    I’m working on my setup area and am thankful for Hatches running this post. Also am impressed by the resourcefulness and ingenuity of this particular tyer. Keep it up!

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