I am not an artist. Not by any stretch of the imagination, but my fly tying room could use a little life…and organization. I have one of the back bedrooms in our house which, to my face, my wife calls the “hunting room. Surely behind my back and to her girlfriends, she calls it much something derogatory. The closet is filled with camoflague, hunting packs, longjohns, and waders. The one corner has a mixture of fly rods and arrows haphazardly leaning against the wall. The spare bed is pilled high with an assortment of camping, hunting, and fishing gear. I am pretty proud of the library that I have in there. Anything from Hunter S. Thompson to Walt Prothero and Ivan Turgenev to John Gierarch. As icing on the cake, the 8 foot table that serves as a fly tying table and general dumping ground from a weekend afield is usually pilled high with foam, fur, and feathers that is almost impossible to tie on anymore.
Long story short, I know it’s a mess. A happy mess, but a disaster none the less. So I decided to put a peg board on the wall to better organize myself. Then I thought. Why not give the room some color.
I realized as I started to put up different tying material on the peg board, that I have a lot of “stuff.” And when my wife walked in to check on my progress, she noticed commented that I had a lot of “stuff.”