As a fly tyer, I am always looking for things to hold my materials. A while back I got an Oasis portable tying station from Melissa as a Christmas present. I love it although I rarely use it nowadays. I also received the Oasis Chenille Center as a gift one year from a friend. Awesome piece of equipment. I could not wait to load it with chenille as soon as I got it. Like an idiot, I loaded it with chenille, didn't mark what they were, and then immediately threw out the packaging. That, however, is a story for a different blog post. Since I feel the need to have name brand stuff for my tying stuff, I started lusting after the Oasis Hook Hotel. The problem is I am already on thin ice with Melissa regarding my "outlandish spending" (her words, obviously) and I can't really justify spending $125 with hooks or $80 without them on this fine piece of storage. Don't misunderstand me, I have nothing against Oasis or their products. I own a few and like them very much. I just can't pay that much money for a storage container simply because it is specifically designed for fly tying.
So, I needed some major hook storage but didn't know where to look. While the family and I were strolling around Walmart, I discovered these in the craft section of the store:
Pardon the feet. This box contains 52 other, smaller boxes and sells for a solid 10 dollars. This thing is designed for beading but I figured it could double as something to store the hooks in as well. So I bought a few of them. Since that time, I have added more to the collection. I find that they work perfectly for storing hooks. For me, I write on the outside of the container as to what they are such as wet, nymph, dry, streamer, or warm water. Looks like this:
Here is a photo of the inside of the container:
Here is a photo of one of the boxes filled with hooks:
One of the things I like to do is to cut the size and hook info out of the package and store it with the hooks (see, I learned a lesson after the Chenille Center). Some people may prefer to write on the outside of each box or even make labels for them. I found that there is a drawback to doing it this way. If you need to change boxes for the hooks, it can be a problem to change the name. Just something to think about.
Overall I like these containers/boxes, but there is a con to them. Sometimes the lids for the smaller boxes are either broken or cease to work over time. It hasn't happened to me a lot yet but I know it is a possibility. I am OK with it though as I have a ton of spares and for the price, you can't beat it.