Storing Trailer Hook Steelhead Flies?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Loren E, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Loren E Member

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    I am now getting really into steelheading and have all these intruders and bunny leaches tied on waddington shanks with trailer hooks. I put them in a normal fly box but its a mess because that octopus hook doesn't keep the 4 inch body of the fly from moving around and all the flies get tangled up etc etc...do you guys just use a sectioned lure box for storing these types of flies?
  2. NCL Member

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    As you mentioned,I just use a Plano sectioned lure box, cheap and it works.
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  3. Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    Store em in a plano box but even that gets messy. You grab one fly and 4 others come with it. One solution is to convert to tubes. No tangles! I am a fly whore in a major way, I love tying, so I have a big plano box filled with my favorites that stays in the boat (or car if I'm walking in). I bought the plastic leader wallets gear guys use for corky rigs and discarded the mini binder they come in. I pre rig all the flies I intend to use (and a dozen more), loop the end, roll em up and put them in their own ziplock compartment. This gets velcro'd into the waist pack and I'm fishin. No tangles, looping on a new fly takes under a minute and your waist pack isn't cluttered up with boxes.
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  4. jessejames Flyslinger

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    I put a small elastic band in a large steelhead slit foam box. I put the trailer hook in the slit foam and the fly body portion under the elastic. Easy Peasy and cheap.
    jesse
  5. TD Active Member

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  6. Loren E Member

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    Hey Jesse that sounds like a sweet way to go. Do you glue the elastic band in there on each side of the box?
  7. jessejames Flyslinger

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    Loren Exactly I used some 1/4" elastic my wife had in the sewing kit. I pushed it down between the foam insert and the plastic box and dabbed a little flexcoat on it. Dont use super glue it melts the gasket. I was able to get two rows in a 7" long box. YMMV
    jesse
  8. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    I do this with rubber bands.

    Very good, how about a photo Jesse.
  9. DocDoc Member

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    Another option is to use a large drinking straw and push the fly into a section of the straw until the bend of the hook hits the end of the straw. I do the same thing with tube flys to pack more into a plano box.
  10. Dustin Bise Active Member

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    i use blue closed cell foam for off river storage, then take what i want to use that day in a box.
  11. golfman65 Guest

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    In the beginning you seem to have a million different boxes and ways to store flies...

    special boxes for this, wheatleys for your old school flies, different tube fly boxes...

    you dwindle down and find clear plastic boxes that are about the cheapest work fine...

    by the end your throwing them in ziplock bags in your pocket..

    goofy
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  12. speyfisher Active Member

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    I use cut down straight pins with the plastic ball heads to keep my truders in place. But, I regress, zip lok bags work too.
  13. danimal Inglorious Twohander

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    Wow Dude! Thought I was the only one who came to that conclusion.
    Buy a box of 100 count baggies @ wallyworld for dirt too.
  14. Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    Bare plastic boxes, originally for all sorts of products, can be converted to very useable general or specialized fly boxes with some glued-in foam. For tandem hook flies, use two strips of weatherstrip foam toward each end of the box, with a matching strip above each that will meet and hold the flies in place when the box is closed. An old plastic VCR box is too big for many vest pockets, but one holds a lot of Intruders and MOALs. Packing foam sheets in little boxes work fine to hold small flies.
  15. Dan Page Active Member

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    A Wheatley can do double duty by securing a rubber band at the top (tie around clip at each side of box) to hold the head of the fly down and place the hook under one of the clips. Someone suggested this a few years ago on a forum, and I have found it to work quite well.
  16. Phil Fravel Friendly

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    Ive always done the Straw thing up until this year I found straws from Arbys worked the best because you could see through them . Now I use One of those Red Rio Jim Vincent tip wallets. It comes with 12 Zip lock small bags in it. On one side I keep 6 different tips. On the other side I put 2 or 3 Pre rigged flies in each Bag


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  17. sashjo Member

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    My Bunny flies are like Silvey's Tandum tubes. Fly is tied on two tubes and the fly is prerigged with a 2 ft leader of 12# leader and placed in a small plastic bag.
  18. Derek Day Rockyday

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    I go with plano boxes or ziplocks. I tie a lot of flies on waddingtons with trailers, in which case make sure you don't loop a hook in before you plan on fishing it. For one, they won't rust if you drop your box or wade too deep, and they won't get as tangled.
  19. boxcar Scott Willison

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    I recently started using leader boards. Just a high density blue foam card with slits in one end. Delta Tackle/Gibbs makes them for pre rigging yarnies and the like. I can pre rig a dozen tubes or stinger style flies on a card. Stick the hook in one end, wrap the leader around the card through the slit. Neat, compact. I can store a couple cards in a jacket pocket. No mess or tangles.
  20. nutsack angler newb

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    Cool idea Scott! I've been getting sick of unraveling my pre-rigged tubes from plastic bags. Where do you get those boards and are they reasonably priced?

    Is River out-fishing you yet ; )