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#11 Posted : Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:44:32 PM(UTC)
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Bill, Do you have a favorite type of fly box? I must admit I have fly / fly box envy.
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Bill, Do you have a favorite type of fly box? I must admit I have fly / fly box envy.

I haven't found one box that meets every need, so I use a variety of sizes and types for different flies.

My favorite are these small slim profile boxes. They're available from several sources, I got mine from Orvis ($8 on sale). They hold a boat load of small flies, nymphs and bead heads. Best part is that it fits easily in any pocket (1/2" thick) and has a simple straight-forward design. I have four and they've held up great.

The Tacky Fly Boxes are a good choice for dries and small terrestrials. They're pricey, but are very well build and designed. The silicone foam holds up really well and the clear plastic cover makes it easy to see what's inside. I also bought the larger size one for my streamers and articulated flies, which has worked out well.

For Hoppers and other large flies I like this V Blue plastic box I found on Amazon. It's not so bulky to be nuisance in vest pockets, but is big enough to not crush higher profile flies. And it's inexpensive, so you can afford to buy several.

I have a bunch of these Flambeau foam boxes also. They're nice and light, and float like a cork. Drop one of these in the water and you'll have to chase it downstream. But the foam really grabs the barb of the hook making it difficult to extract them. And the foam breaks down after repeated insertions/removals. And they can be a little bulky in the pocket.

One consideration when selecting a large fly box is how you might feel if you lose it. A box that holds hundreds of flies is a big blow if it falls out of your pocket and is lost while on stream. A smaller box with a dozen or so flies isn't the end of the world. I mark all my boxes with my phone number, just in case.

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I've labeled a few boxes now to fill from my Plano boxes and tie until I fill the rest.
#14 Posted : Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:06:50 PM(UTC)
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The Cliff's Bugger Barn is nice for bigger streamers. Plenty of room, but still slim enough to put in your pack or vest.

SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT: The flies/box in this photo are tied by Courtney Morris (@sculpinarmy) and are prizes for the upcoming Coulee Region TU banquet on 2/24. I'll have another box of flies just like it to be used as a prize at the festivities after the Cozad's Driftless 1Fly event on March 25.

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