Storing Trailer Hook Steelhead Flies?

#1
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?
 
#3
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.
 
#4
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
 
#7
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
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#8
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
I do this with rubber bands.

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
Very good, how about a photo Jesse.
 
#9
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.
 
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golfman65

Guest
#11
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
 

danimal

Inglorious Twohander
#13
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
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
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.
 

Dan Page

Active Member
#15
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.