In January of 2008, I started tying my own flies, because I was tired of hanging $2 prince nymphs in the trees along the small creeks I fish.
My friend and fellow Rotarian, Dr. Willis Potter (who passed away in 2011 at the age of 84) had been tying his own flies for 70 years, so I went to him to find out what I needed to get started. He gave me advice on the basic tools I would need and where to purchase them. He had a little work bench in a basement corner, where he tied. Man, it was a mess – he had material piled two feet high! I remember making the comment that I didn’t think I would ever have that much material…
Next, I needed a tying station. I searched the internet for what I wanted - something I could use, while I watched ball games in my basement. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find what I had visualized myself using. But I did find MANY table-top models. And, I found a few desk and chest models that were incredibly beautiful, but well over my price range – plus, they weren’t portable.
I have completely remodeled our home that was built in 1920, so I thought, “Why don’t I just build what I want?”
So I did…
When I finished my first table, I took it to my basement and set it up with all my material and tools. It was great! I could tie at my own speed and stop and watch the game when I wanted – all from the comfort of my recliner.
As I was tying, my wife said, “You ought to sell those on the internet.”
I told her she was crazy – there was no way I could make the tables the same way every time, and shipping would be a nightmare! So, I thought…
I followed her advice and started a little research and design work. A few weeks later, I had the first table completed, and my shop was set up to produce more. And, I even found a company to supply me with boxes for shipping.
I put the first table up for auction on ebay – I had no idea how much to charge for the table, as I wanted to keep it affordable so anyone could buy it. Well, that table sold, and three more sold the next week…
Since that time, the product list has grown quite a bit. I am always trying to think of new options to add to the tables, as well as, other furniture that tiers and fishermen and women might want.
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