Hook & bead storage

hook storage

One of the frequent questions about my household, is “what do need all those g% d#@^&d hooks for?”  A good question indeed, and my collection should be/is gradually being minimized to a smaller collection of favorites, even while I discover a few new hooks for particular patterns I’m introducing to my tying repertoire.

But in the meanwhile, an equally good question revolves around how to store and organize all those g% d#@^&d hooks.  And beads.

I’ve seen lots of good ideas for storage of fly tying paraphenalia, and being rather a “piler” myself, am always fascinated by strategies that might assist in organizing & potentially streamlining my work.  (I’m the kind of guy who was startled to discover that the “todo list” wasn’t named after Dorothy’s little dog; I can make one just fine, the issue seems to be the notion that you are actually expected to do the stuff).

I first discovered the Bead Storage Solutions storage trays pictured above on the Blue Quill Angler website, and ordered from them.  I don’t find it among their current offerings, tho perhaps they rotate stock in & out.  Subsequently, a little searching brought me to their source, which provided a few more options.

This is a plastic tray, 13-3/4 x 10-1/2 x 2 inches, sold in a set with 78 “tiny” (2 x 1-1/8 x 3/4″) clear latching containers.  Larger “small” (2 x 1-1/8 x 1-1/16″) “medium” (2 x 1-3/4 x 1-1/8″) and “large” (3 x 2 x 1-1/8″) containers are available separately, taking up the space, respectively, of 2, 3 and 4 of the “tiny” containers in the tray, for storing larger items or production quantities of your favorite items.  I do fine with the “tiny” containers for my hooks and beads.  All is covered with a see-through tray cover, which latches securely over the tray at its sides, permitting stacking and spill-proof transport with easy visual location of items.  Each individual storage container has a secure, yet easy-to-open, lid and has thumb-finger indents to permit easy removal of a single container from the filled tray.  A pair of forceps completes the solution, permitting easy removal of individual beads or hooks.

I use a small computer-interfaced label printer to print out labels for these, including a graphic of each hook harvested from an internet search, for easy & quick identification of contents.

I use 3 of these trays for my outrageous menagerie of hooks – one for jig and curved/pupa nymph hooks, one for assorted other wet fly hooks, and one for dries; and a fourth for beads, tungsten ovals and nymph bodies in assorted materials, sizes and colors.  (Sanity – which I occassionally heed, and am slowly migrating toward – suggests that 2 trays – one for hooks, one for beads – would be plenty for the average tyer’s needs).



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