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Old 05-15-2011, 11:01 PM
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Default Spools of thread

Hey guys and gals I need some help. I have a few stations that I am working on that don't have alot of space for spools and I am curious to know how many spools each tyer usually has sitting around their tying station so I can gauge how many I should have on them. Whether they be thread, wire or flash how many (roughly) do you typically have lying around for all the flies you tie?
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I'm fairly new to tying (only a few years at it), but I have 27 spools at this time.
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Default Re: Spools of thread

I have a few more than a dozen, but I found that I don't need dozens and dozens of colors for the flies that I tie. If all I'm doing is dubbing a body and don't have the color, I use tan. Put a tight dub on it and you won't see any of the tan.
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Default Re: Spools of thread

Agree with ant. I have a lot of thread, but you can get a lot of mileage out of the following colors:
- White
- Black
- Olive
- Red (I use a couple different shades from crimson to orange)
- Tan
- Gray

The other thing to remember is depending on sizes and types of flies you're tying, you'll need the above colors in more than one size and weight. If you're tying dry flies in 16 or smaller, you'll need a 6/0 or smaller. If you're tying woolly buggers in size 4, a 3/0 monocord usually does the trick.

These are the variables that prevent me from telling you that whatever I use will work for you. I'd say get the basic colors in the sizes you need, and you can do a lot with dubbing and wraps that render the thread invisible in the final tie.

All this being said, thread is relatively inexpensive compared to other fly tying materials. Over time, you can build up a good variety of threads that you use for your ties. It's not the cost that should concern you. Now, as for dry fly hackle . . .
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lol - Nice!

Compared to that.. I have nothing.. maybe 125? (probably a little more)

I have at least 25-30 - just in wire
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:19 AM
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WOW! There isn't a station in the world that would accomodate that collection! Thanks guys that gives me a better idea on the minimum I will need for spool posts.
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44 spools for fly tying, plus 12 that I bought specifically for making furled leaders.

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Default Re: Spools of thread

Chris: For what its worth, I have one of your trout stands loaded with thread, it holds 35 spools, then I have a lazy susan stand made of oak specifically designed for thread spools that holds another 84 spools (21/per side), then a few miscellaneous spools that don't have a home.

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All info helps Larry. It helps me with the numbers for some larger wall hangers that can accomodate bigger numbers of spools. Thanks guys!
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