One of my characteristics of my personality is my need for minimizing or simplifying everything around me. This has become especially true when I take along a small hip pack for hiking or my fishing gear. This is probably one reason I have become obsessed with tenkara. I began tying my own flies almost a year ago and I usually do my tying on a snack tray table in front of the TV with my wife once the kids are in bed. This has led to a small problem. A snack tray table really does not have a lot of space, so I have to pick the materials I need from my fly tying supply containers and bring them over to the couch. Sometimes I would love to just sit down and start tying. In addition, when I'm traveling, I would like to tie some flies but usually don't because I don't want to lug all those containers around. I hoping Santa will bring me a nice bag for that purpose (are you reading this Claudia?). In the meantime I have to make do with what I have at hand. The picture above is what I came up with. This is a whole kit for tying several versions of sakasa kebari and it all fits into an old Altoids tin. In a little zip lock I have various size hooks and in another bag I have "prepared" Hungarian hackle feathers. The tin also has three colors of Pearsall's silk thread, a small container of head cement, a large pin, small bobbin, scissors, small hackle pliers, and lastly a small pin vise that used to hold very small drill bits. The vise works pretty well even though the hook slips occasionally. Going slow I have gotten the hang of not using a table top vise and my flies have come out nearly as good. I even have a small tin with a kit for making usuals. I have also experimented with using old digital camera cases and eye glass cases for making kits. They allowed a little for room for a few more materials. However, the Altoids tin was the smallest complete set I could put together and it will easily fit in my pocket. I doubt that this kit could ever replace my other set up but its nice to know whether I'm stream side, traveling, or just reclined on the couch I can get my fly tying "fix."