Tobacco Tin Fly Boxes

#1
I was starting to run out of room in my fly boxes, and being the cheap bastard that I am, was hesitating to fork out big bucks for "real" fly boxes.

Then I had an idea. I have a bunch of empty tobacco tins from my pipe tobaccos. Most of these are round tins with a lid that unscrews with a quarter or half twist. They have a rubber seal inside the lid, so they close fairly securely.

The only problem is that they are round- fly boxes are generally rectangular. But the more I thought about it, the more it seemed that wasn't really an issue. In fact, I checked all the pockets on my fly vest, and the round tins fit quite well.

So I took one of my tins and modified it into a fly box. Rather than lay the flies out in rows like you would in a rectangular box, I made the mounting strips in concentric circles.


Here's the first tin. This one is slightly larger than most of the others.


Here's the insides. Plenty of clearance between the lid and base, so flies don't get squished. (most of my dry flies were getting crushed in the old box)


Nymphs in the base of the tin.


Some dry flies in the lid.


Plenty more to choose from.
 
#3
Like those. Spose you label the underside of the tin in order to remember what is in what.

Thanks for showing.

:beer1:
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#6
Tracy, those are great. Really creative use of what you have in hand. I have a few metal tins that I toss flies in. I feel so wrong for not putting forth the effort to make mine nicer.
 
#8
did you make or buy the mounting strips, either way i'd like to know the source (where you bought them or how you made them)

Great idea, they would make a great package for gift flies i tie for friends

Warren
 
#10
did you make or buy the mounting strips, either way i'd like to know the source (where you bought them or how you made them)

Great idea, they would make a great package for gift flies i tie for friends

Warren
I just used craft foam from Michaels Crafts. I had it on hand since I bought a bunch for fly tying materials. The tan foam is the thin stuff, and the black foam is thicker. I just drew the circles and cut them with scissors. They're not really precisely made, but they don't need to be.

I've used Altoids tins and metal gift card tins before, but they are pretty small, these have more room- not just surface area for more flies, but also give more clearance so they don't get squashed.
 
#11
Like those. Spose you label the underside of the tin in order to remember what is in what.

Thanks for showing.

:beer1:
I easily could, though I'm not sure it's needed right now. I had no problem remembering when they were in fly boxes (so long as the fly boxes didn't look identical.) As I fill more tins, it'll probably become an issue.
 
#15
Dude, those things are brilliant! You could easily eliminate unnecessary clutter by labeling the bottoms for each body of water and season.
Example "East fork X river, spring" and have the needed nymphs in the bottom and dries in the top. That way you'd only need to have one tin, giving you room in your pockets for whatever else you'd need. I usually fish super light with only the things I need (never found the need to be tricked out in all the gear) for that specific body of water and your idea totally works. You should make a whole bunch up and sell them/trade them.
 

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