TenkaraGrasshopper on the South Platte, Colorado

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Finest Fly Tying Benches Of Colorado Side Caddy

Mr. Jay Burge of Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado designed an accessory stand and wanted me to try it out. So after having used the Side Caddy for some time now.


So above is the Side Caddy loaded with a number of items that I wanted accessible but not clutter up my tying space. The Side Caddy solved all my problems very quickly and I must say I am very happy and again extremely impressed with the work that Mr. Burge has done on this addition to his line of benches and accessories.

Now for the cool details. The Side Caddy has holes drilled for 17 brass rods designed to hold a spool of thread or whatever other material that you might have on a spool. Just as a quick side note you should be aware of is the fact that Mr. Burge includes pre-cut brass rods to fit into each hole. Having that extra space is great when you have spools scattered on you tying space.

The plastic containers that you see at the front of the Side Caddy were suggested to me by Mr. Burge as items that he found very useful. And they fit perfectly into the spaces that have been created. These were purchased at a craft store and are available in the beading department. The containers are stackable and come in a variety pack of sizes which I find is great for storing beads. What a useful and space saving idea that I have to admit I probably would not have thought of initially or I would have thought hard about what I  to do with these spaces.

A really cool feature of the Side Caddy is the dubbing dispenser holders is the fact that they spin so that you can see the labels on the front of the dispensers but you can spin it and have access to the predrilled dispensing openings on the back of the dispenser. Below are pictures of the Side Caddy demonstrating how the spinner mechanism works. (Sadly, my battery died on my camera before I thought to take a picture of the function from the front. Who knows maybe an edited post. I am still a grasshopper in many things.) 



The dispenser holders rotate a full 360 degrees yet also have enough clearance on the center Caddy openings to still allow you to spin them without removing any items from in front of them. I love now having access to my dubbing in the dispensers and still be able to see the labels with a minimum of effort. 

One aspect that I really enjoy about the Side Caddy is that it has been designed to match the height of the tying benches that are available from the Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado. If you own one of his benches or are considering one of his benches I would be remiss in not suggesting that you purchase one of these at the same time. I am going to be doing an additional review on my tying bench with all of the most recent tweaks to the bench that I purchased. 

If you do purchase on of the Side Caddies I would love to hear your opinions.

Included below is a link to the website for The Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado. Check out the tying benches that are available as well.


Thanks for taking the time to read this review and hope that this might give you some ideas for more things to do in regards to you fly tying space. 





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