what's a good box?

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Alex MacDonald, May 13, 2012.

  1. Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    what do you guys use to keep your tube flies in? All I have are freshwater (fly tied on hook) boxes, and I'll need an adequate box for salt.
  2. Jordan Simpson Active Member

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    Those work good for tube flies if you keep the matched hook in the little sleeve on the end of the fly. I've never really understood why people keep their tubes separate from their hooks- I find it's just one more thing to drop/lose if something should go wrong.

    If you keep the hook pushed up into the sleeve on the tube you can organize them just like any other fly.
  3. Steve Knapp Beach Bum

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    I use plastic Plano boxes for all my tubes, and almost all of my beach flys. I bring way more tube flys with me than I need usually and don't need any of them to have hooks until they're ready to fish, so I keep 2-3 sizes of hooks on hand but separate.

    Working for me so far.
    Steve
  4. toadthedry Member

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    Hi,
    I do the same as Steve Knapp with the addition that I purchased little plastic sleve bags- I think I have 2 sizes -2 inch by 5 and 2 inch by 8 or so (You can get them ionexpensively on line) and put individual flies in the sleve than into the plano box.
    mike
  5. Theron Active Member

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    I just recently started reading about tube flies. Do any of the fly shops in the area carry them? I would like to give them a try.
  6. Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    I haven't seen `em at the shops, but they're not difficult to tie, especially on a Norvise!
  7. Kcahill Active Member

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    Puget Sound Fly Co has them, not sure about other shops.
  8. hikepat Patrick

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    Use plastic drinking straws cut up and slipped over the flies to keep the fur and tinsel all angled back to protect from damage and to keep large flys smaller for storage, then us any water proof box store bought or home made will work just fine or do not use water proof boxes but open and dry out after each trip.
  9. Jordan Simpson Active Member

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    Spot on idea!
  10. Theron Active Member

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    I haven't learned to tie flies yet but that is on my list of things to do after I retire. It looks like there are plenty of shops offering classes. No fly tying lessons here in landlocked Husker Land.
  11. Jim Darden Active Member

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    I keep mine in the folders, with plastic zip lock bags, that the bass fisshermen use to hold their rubber worms. Works great and is very compact. Also works for the big salt water (non-tube) fly patterns......
  12. David Loy Senior Moment

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    Not germane to this thread but this tip works very well for puffy marabou SH flies too. I usually cut a 5/8" slit in a 2" straw for the hook point.