what's a good box?

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#1
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
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
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
 

toadthedry

Active Member
#4
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
 

Theron

Active Member
#5
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.
 
#8
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.
 

Theron

Active Member
#10
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
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......
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#12
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.
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.
 

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