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I don't know why I keep tying saltwater flies when I have hundreds, but I do.....
Looking for some suggestions on where I might find some storage boxes.
Would prefer clear and no dividers. I'd like to make some cheap DIY boxes that I can throw a few flies in for a day on the beach.
I've got tons of foam so this would be an easy project. I looked at a couple of craft stores and on the net, but didn't really find what I'm looking for.

I've been using multiple boxes lately get more unorganized as I fish.



The clear boxes are Plano.
The box on the bottom is a 3449 and 6.5 x 3.75 x 1.
The box on the right is a 3450 which is 8.25 x 4.25 x 1.38.
Either of these sizes or something similar size would work. The cheaper the better.



Thanks for any suggestions.
SF
 

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Like the beer idea.....a lot.
Was hoping to not have to cut out dividers, but I'll do it again if necessary.
Made some years ago out of old VHS tape boxes but would like something a bit nicer then those this time around.
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I always look for inexpensive boxes whenever I'm at Walmart, craft stores, Dollar stores, Sportsmans' Warehouse, etc. I have some longer Flambeau boxes in which the fixed dividers run lengthwise; Flambeau boxes seem to be less expensive than Plano boxes also (around here any way) & & hold-up just as well. When I stumble across usable boxes at a good price, I always buy a couple - one of those "you gotta pick the fruit when/where you find the tree" things. Good luck in your quest, SF. Lately, I've picked-up some overly-large boxes for storing excess flies; since they aren't hauled-around, I don't worry about installing foam and I stock my field boxes from these.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions.
I've made my own larger boxes in the past, so no issue with the concept of how to do so.
Finding small boxes with no dividers that will fit in my chest pack is the challenge I'm having. I'll look more into the site Craig listed as well as visiting a few more store and online sites.
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Stopped by Michaels today while out running around.
Not exactly the size I wanted or clear, but for $1.99 each and no dividers I'll give these a go.
SF
Oh great, now I'll have to go to Michaels, lol. Good find, SF! I buy a lot of beads there & I found an excellent, close-cutting wire cutter & very narrow-bladed crimping pliers there for cheap also. I'm on a first name basis at some of the craft stores around here - "Oh, you're the guy who ties flies!'
 

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Oh great, now I'll have to go to Michaels, lol. Good find, SF! I buy a lot of beads there & I found an excellent, close-cutting wire cutter & very narrow-bladed crimping pliers there for cheap also. I'm on a first name basis at some of the craft stores around here - "Oh, you're the guy who ties flies!'
Still stretching my craft store comfort zone, but it's easy to get lost looking at the myriad of materials with tying potential. Gotta look a bit odd seeing a big, fat, gray-haired guy snooping around for beads, frilly ribbons, sparkly stuff, etc...
 

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Gotta look a bit odd seeing a big, fat, gray-haired guy snooping around for beads, frilly ribbons, sparkly stuff, etc..
No odder than an old bald guy in flip-flops, shorts & a tank top cruising the aisles. No stores have asked me to leave because I'm scaring the customers yet & all of them like my money. When you do find materials/tools you like, the prices are MUCH better. Going to a craft store is much easier than it was to buy feminine hygiene products for my sister or former bride when I was younger, lol . . . so . . . "Hi-Ho Silver" . . .
 

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Going to a craft store is much easier than it was to buy feminine hygiene products for my sister or former bride when I was younger, lol
I never mind that. It's a. reassurance that no baby is coming unexpectedly and, more importantly, b. credits earned towards my shopping sprees at fly shops
 

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I have problems with fabric and/or craft stores... I'll go in with one item in mind to buy but as with Silverfly, I end up wandering all over looking at this and that in hopes of finding a new flyt ying material.

Actually, I knew the R&D guy for McKenzie Flies (when it was still in business) and he constantly roamed around fabric shops and craft stores looking for possible fly tying materials that they could sell to fly tiers. He'd send me some of the weirdest stuff and asking me if I thought there was a use for the product for fly tying.

So... it isn't so odd at all to roam around craft/fabric stores -- the women at the local fabric store (before the chain stores showed up) knew me quite well 30 years ago when I first started tying flies. In those days, I was the only guy in the place so I kind'a stuck out... That is no longer the case.
 

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I was the only guy in the place so I kind'a stuck out... That is no longer the case.
True, there were a number of dudes in Hobby Lobby last night.
There used to be a cool old craft store at 143rd and Greenwood for years. They had tons of feathers in there for dirt cheap....but it is gone now.

Found some clear boxes and 12 x 18 sheets of 5 mm foam at Hobby Lobby. Crafted up three boxes last night. I figure $3-3.50 per box with materials.
I'll see how these work out.
SF

 

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Stopped by Michaels today while out running around.
Not exactly the size I wanted or clear, but for $1.99 each and no dividers I'll give these a go.
SF

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I have a bunch of these, glue in some foam and your good to go.
 
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