Tying hair jigs for walleye is not exactly the same thing as creating bugs for catching trout. You do not need the best of the best equipment, just some reliable tools that will get the job done. The three tying vises I have cost less than one middle range vise. You get the idea. When it came to storing the various spools of thread, you can buy a slightly expensive rack, or you can throw them in a box, but then you have to sort through the whole box to find what you want. Or….you can do it itself, and for this example, you can make it yourself.
Scrap plywood will work for your board, or in my case I used some recycled wood that once made up a shipping crate for a log splitter. Then I took metal square and created a grid pattern on the board. I wasn’t really too precise in my measurements when it came to spacing, if I had been, I actually might have gotten a fourth row out of this piece. One of those spur of the moment, the light bulb went off kind of things and I just did it.
At each intersecting line, I nailed in a finishing nail. They were on hand, so I didn’t specifically go shopping for a certain size. If you want to get involved in tying your own hair jigs, and want to make something like this, then you can be a little more precise if you choose to be.
I would just take a spool into a local hardware and pick a nail that will stay in your board, but you want the head of the nail to be just under the lip, or face of the side of spool. The reason for this is that some of the spools are like your mother’s sewing thread spools where there is a slice on the edge for holding the thread. Other brands have a cap that form a tight seal and keeps the thread from unraveling while being stored. Then gently pound the nail in, I say gently because this crate wood looked like it would split easy, with plywood you won’t have that issue.
There you have it, your very own fly tying, thread storage board, or even boards depending on how many spools you accumulate. If just starting out, may I suggest some basic colors that will get the job done. First black is a must, then white, followed by a bright orange and pink. Those four will cover a lot, and you can grow the inventory as you start playing with some more color patterns.