Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado Laptop Traveler Bench Reviewby Graham Moran April 10, 2013 2 comments
How many times have you been invited to a fishing buddies house to tie flies or traveled to a destination a few hours away from home but decided not to take your tying gear because it might just be a pain in the butt to organize and carry anything?
I personally have experienced this more than a few times. Luckily, I discovered a perfect solution at the 2013 Denver Fly Fishing Show held at the Denver Merchandise Mart. While walking through the Fly Tiers Row I ran into a good friend of mine, Mr. Jay Burge, the proprietor and mastermind behind The Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado. Mr. Burge and his stellar crew, were extremely busy when as I arrived as they were working hard to sell the newest product added to an ever expanding line.
Once things slowed down, I was able to speak with Mr. Burge about his new product. Jay pulled an example from his show stock to show me his new Laptop Traveler Bench. As he pointed out each feature of the bench the excitement and passion as a custom craftsman poured from him and permeated the the air around him.
After pointing out the features that he included in the bench, Mr. Burge asked me to do a review of the Laptop Traveler Bench. I gladly accepted his request so what follows is my personal review of the Laptop Traveler.
To start off it might help to give you a few basic stats about the bench. The dimensions of the bench are 14″W x 11″D x 5″H. The bench retails at $109.99. In my humble opinion this is a great value for the individual who wants to tie a few patterns while watching TV or going to the local TU tying meeting. Due to the well thought out layout of teh pre-drilled tool and accessory holes you can keep everything organized even while transporting your materials and tools to the tying destination.
With the above dimensions you could have it in your fishing rig and tie up a few patterns if a storm rolled in and forced you off the water for a short time. I don’t know about you but I would rather have something to occupy my mind while it is raining instead of staring out the window praying the rain will stop.
The features of this bench that I really enjoy are not listed in any particular order of importance except for one. And, by far, the feature that trumps all others, in my opinion is Mr. Burge’s attention to detail and his passion as a master craftsman. Seldom, in this day day and age, do you find and individual who exemplifies what a true master craftsman is!!!
So, onto the specific features of the Laptop Traveler Bench that make this such a functional product. Due to the dimensions of the bench, Mr. Burge customized a mount for an LED lamp to be attached directly to the bench without compromising the available workspace. The LED Light-Bench Enhancement that the mount is designed for is available for purchase from Mr. Burge. (See the above picture left upper corner.)
Attached to the back of the bench is a strip of wood that has been predrilled for up to 10 Sharpie markers. You can also find four holes which will be easily hold larger markers, i.e. PrismaColor markers. Moving towards the tying surface of the bench you will find a strip with multiple pre-drilled holes. There are holes which are drilled to hold up to five brass rods that are included with your purchase of the bench that will hold up to two spools giving you a grand total of ten spools. Also, two large holes capable of holding stacking bead and hook holders.
There is also a to hold a small tube of Loon Outdoors UV Knot Sense and the Loon UV Lamp. Located next to the UV Knot Sense hole is a one inch hole that is designed to hold a bottle of head cement. As part of the tying surface is a bead and hook tray which can be ordered to be placed either at the right or left side of the tying surface. An additional accessory that you can have Mr. Burge add to your bench is Laptop Traveler Tool Swivel Plate that can be purchased for $49.99.
I have used this bench extensively recently and I love it. It is awesome for my tying sessions at home or at the bar when I am in the mood. Mr. Burge uses his bench when he ties at the TU club meetings he attends.
I can safely say that if you were looking to purchase a bench this is an awesome way to go.
Just a little post note for you is that if you do order the Laptop Traveler Bench and any of the available accessories include the code 5280 in the notes of your order.