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: Poll, is my fly box messier than most

John Desjardins
02-10-2003, 10:01 AM
I was curious about how scaning a whole box of flys at once to compose a poster would come out. The attached picture is my "dry fly" box after a season of use. Now the question I have for you is how does this rate next to yours.

02-10-2003, 10:26 AM

You at least have to separate the dry flies from those nasty bass bugs! Fine hackles and twister tails should never mingle!


Dble Haul
02-10-2003, 11:00 AM
Perhaps my wife is right.....I might be anal about my fly storage after all.

John Desjardins
02-10-2003, 11:06 AM
Originally posted by BigDave

You at least have to separate the dry flies from those nasty bass bugs! Fine hackles and twister tails should never mingle!


Dave, those big ugly patterns are so tempting to throw into a midge hatch on a flyfishing only section. :devil: ;)

Now, I'd like to know who voted that theirs is dirtier. I'll take a PM.

02-10-2003, 01:29 PM
All of mine are worse than than I have too many flys, but Lee Wulff says the fly angler with the most varied patterns and knowledge to apply them, is perhaps the most deadly angler of all !!

Thats what I am aspiring to.


PM Out

02-10-2003, 02:09 PM
I answered "same as mine", but you need another category saying "Mine would be much worse, but I keep losing 'em off my fleece "drying patch"!


John Desjardins
02-10-2003, 02:31 PM
"Mine would be much worse, but I keep losing 'em off my fleece "drying patch"!
If I could edit the poll it would be added.

Bob your onto something that may be worthy of Striblues 10 worst products list. A fleece patch is worth 3 lost flys/trip minimum and foam patches are worse than fleece especially with barbless hooks in my experience.

What I've ended up using is a flytrap. It's attached to your vest or bag and has a foam pad inside a vented aluminum body that encloses the fly. Now a picture of the inside of that would be really ugly.

02-10-2003, 02:42 PM
John - I am no stranger to dragging a swimming crayfish pattern through the Y pool when the selective sippers have stumped me :devil:

The closed cell foam patches that Sims uses are far superior to the traditional fleece. Plus they'll mail you a new one for free when the old one wears out.

02-10-2003, 02:52 PM
can you spell "rust":eyecrazy:


02-10-2003, 05:03 PM
I think mine is messier, but that's mostly due to the fact that I don't have a real fly box with ripple foam or some other means of securing the flies. My flies just get dumped into the various compartments. Here's what it looks like at the moment, and I haven't even put the swap flies in there yet!


BTW, I voted even though most of my flies aren't trout flies, so maybe my vote doesn't count :hehe:

02-10-2003, 05:07 PM

Thats fairly orderly, maybe I will post up one of mine, if I can reduce the picture with out having to spend 30 minutes of my time.

I like to commingle my flys in each box/wallett there fore if I lose it I will not be out of all of the patterns of one type. Been there and done that, lost a big steelhead and trout nymph book 10 years ago which had all of my black stone flies nymphs in it.

I still have night mares about losing that box. Could not find it on the trail or river section I fished that day.

Some one got a nice gift from me.

PM Out

02-10-2003, 09:43 PM
Actually, ALL fly patches lose flies very well. And, you're right about barbless being guaranteed lost - I use 'em too!

If only someone would come up with a STRONG magnetic patch, we wouldn't have to worry about rusting, and maybe.... just maybe....


John Desjardins
02-10-2003, 10:31 PM
Adrian, rust is a different box. ;)

Dave, :hehe: Exact location I was thinking of.

Q, thats not messy. You've got everything in 1 box to make selecting a fly easy.

Bob, Let me think on that one. The Fly trap has saved many times its cost in flys for me, but it doesn't work for large flys.

Just me
02-11-2003, 11:17 AM
Well I don't use one of those drying patches. Barbless hooks don't stick to good. And my fly box always looks like hell. But I can find any fly in it. But the back of my car is another story. Everything has it's place but in the back of my car nothing has it's place. I tend to just as I takes my gear off just throw in in the back. Waders one place,boots another,sweatshirt,wool socks,vest,rods in cases. It's just a total loss. I just can't be neat as that is no fun.

02-11-2003, 12:24 PM
Heck John
My fly box looks like that after one good trip :D

Here's a trick for flies that you want to keep.I use an adjustable fly box with all the dividers taken out and then put in a dessicant pack like you get in electronics to keep them dry. When I am done with the fly I put it in this box till the end of the day and then open it up and let the flies air dry (no rust)


02-11-2003, 11:01 PM
A quick question ---- How in the world do you find room for an empty flybox w/dessicant in your vest????

I have a rough time just trying to take all the flyboxes I THINK I will need!


02-12-2003, 05:16 PM
my fly box is the only that i keep orderly considering i can barely walk through my room w/o tripping mine is much more organized

03-03-2003, 09:17 AM
Cannot wait to get my midge swap flies in the mail. I have plenty of room to squeeze them in.

John Desjardins
03-03-2003, 09:33 AM
Brad, that looks like how mine started the year. It shouldn't be long on the midge swap, most are in. Looking at the box pictures makes me think that it might be a good idea to take pictures of all my boxes in case they somehow end up lost or stolen.

Bob Pauli
03-05-2003, 12:06 AM

In my dreams my fly boxes never approach the neatness and organization of yours.


03-05-2003, 01:04 AM
Originally posted by Bob Pauli

(To 'retext' the quote: :>) fae)
I didn't "vote;" no need to further .. never mind. Only in my dreams did my fly boxes never approach the neatness and organization of yours.


I even have zip lock baggies stuffed into the front of my waders.
Mother would not be pleased.:rolleyes:

03-05-2003, 08:10 AM
Yep, I use the zip lock baggie method also.

My fly walletts have so many flies in them they are continually falling out. Never know how many I may lose on a trip due to those just falling out, never mind the ones lost to the "River Rock and Wood Gods"

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03-05-2003, 12:11 PM
C'mon, guys - get a touch of class. Fortunately, my wife likes "Altoids" brand Cinnamon mints. They are made in Britain. They come in a neat metal box 2 1/4 X 3 1/2 X 3/4+ inch, and it locks up tight. I confiscate all the empty boxes. They fit neatly but snugly in the small pockets of my vest. I label 'em, and stuff 'em with various categories of flies. Cheap, efficient, and works well.

Now if I can just remember which pocket I put what fly in ???


03-05-2003, 12:16 PM
The Altoid boxes are okay, I use a couple of small cigar box tins also. I don't need a fancy Wheatley incraved fly box. Serious fly fishers see such things for what they really are. Plus if I dide have a good fly box I would end up loosing any way.

Just got some 99 cent plastic hobby craft plastic compartment boxes at Michaels craft store, check them out. They work. My fly shop wants $ 10 for them. :chuckle: :chuckle:


It will be a cold day in xxxx before I buy one of those.

PM Out

John Desjardins
03-05-2003, 12:58 PM
I've thought about the Altoids boxes but prefer to spend the money on the Morrel boxes because they are unsinkable. Of course when you chase one down river you are not. :hehe: The zip lock baggy method works well with flat streamers. put something that is 3-dimensional in it and it becomes flattened.

03-05-2003, 01:06 PM
I like the cheap foam boxes because they float, last forever, hold on to tiny barbless hooks and weigh nothing. I can easily fit 5-6 of them into my vest and they are so light you hardly know they're there.

Only thing you need to be careful of is to open them up and let them dry out after you get stuck in the rain, etc.

Can't beat a compartment box for dries though.

03-05-2003, 03:22 PM
I keep a couple of compartmented fly boxes for dries. These are "special" boxes to me, and are loaded with what works for a couple of general areas that I fish. You're right, they are a "must have" item for dries.

I keep the Altoid boxes for big, bushy flies so I can keep them safe and separate. I have one for bunny speys, flesh flies and the like, one for my leech patterns in different colors, etc. etc.

It's just a nice way for me to keep them, as my fly boxes are stuffed....