Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Nick Clayton, Sep 19, 2011.
Interesting response Ford. You bring up a very good point for sure.
I carry three boxes but usually only fish a few different patterns per trip. But those patterns change based on specific lake, time of year, my mood, etc. I've most recently begun to focus on profile of my flies more than anything. I like to have larger (size 6-8) streamers in a few different profiles, like bugger (hackled, segmented), leech (uniform, slim, marabou or bunny), baitfish (defined head, tapered body). My second box is medium sized stuff (size 10-14 regular nymph hooks - 3xl streamer hooks) generalized aquatic insects like damsels (olive willies, rickards stillwater nymph, 6-packs - all three of these have distinct profiles), scuds, callibaetis, jay fair wiggle nymphs (mini buggers). My third box is everything I hang under a bobber (many different chironomids, bead head nymphs and mini leeches).
So, with 3-4 different profiles per category of bug tied in 2-3 different sizes and 3-4 different colors, I need three boxes to carry them all! I focus on presentation first but there are days I up my catch by adjusting the color/size of my fly once I find the zone.
I agree with Mayfly, I have been hauling around the Cliff Super Days worth after a guide buddy of mine in Casper, Wyoming showed me his stack of them he had in is drift boat. You can't beat them. I am looking to pick up another couple for my new 'toon this year.
Hat, Smat. Don't be a wimp...
If you buy plastic boxes with lots of sections go to an office supply store and buy sheets of flexible magnet. Cut pieces to fit the bottom of each section, peel the paper off the back, stick it in the bottom of each section and you have a magnetic fly box.
Cliff Bugger Barn for streamers and Super Days Worth for all in one box appoach. They are cheap and have huge capacity. I use a C & F Designs box with a divider for Chironomids.
The Richardson Chest Fly Box Co out of PA makes a really neat box dating back to the 1950's. I have an old 3 tray model I use for trout and you can fit 1000's of flies in it. The company is in transition and there may be a wait. Joan Wulff and Bobby Knight swear by them
I use an Okachobee Fats bag in my jon boat. Mine is an older model than the one in this video, and it came with 5 of the flip lid plastic boxes instead of 3. I found it at Walmart for $10 about 5-6 years ago. I have several tackle boxes, but this bag is my favorite.
I have gone almost exclusively to these Flambeau boxes... They come in a good range of sizes, are water proof, relatively inexpensive and are almost bullit proof.
I mentioned this earlier in the thread.
Here is one I put together tonight for some bass bug. I used a Plano box with no dividers, foam sheets from Michaels and rubber cement. I already had the cement, so I figure in materials it cost me around $6.00 to put together. I could put foam under the lid as well to double the capacity.
Not pretty but cheap & functional.
buy a box of nice cigars that are packed in a hinged mahogany wooden box; put your cigars in your humidor and buy some self adhering ripple foam; cut the foam to size and stick it in the box, both on the inside of the lid and on the bottom of the box; they provide plenty of room, they are durable, they float, and they are lightweight
Know that's a great Idea!
I'd highly reccomend the largest Umpqua UPG. Great boxes and well worth the price.
I took Freestone's suggestion and used a 50% off coupon at Michael's to get a clear art storage box. I bought 4 sheets of foam to glue into the top compartment and cut slits in it. The top compartment comes out and it came with dividers for the bottom compartment, but I haven't touched that yet. Will probably cut out some of the dividers to store fly boxes for chironomids, drys, and other non-streamer type flies that I don't keep in the top section. Decorated it with some stickers I had laying around too.