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Wesjohns8February 10th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Lawrence Kansas

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Hi, I am a design student looking into making a design for a fly box for a school project. Are there any problems that you guys run into using these things while you are out fishing? Also, I will include a short survey below that would be very helpful if you had time to answer.

Survey Link: Fly Box Design Survey

WbranchFebruary 10th, 2019, 8:07 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2432
What link? Scroll down and read the "Forum Code Page" for instructions on how to link.

There are literally dozen and dozens of fly box designs on the market. Some are fantastic, some mediocre, and some just not so good. Check out the C&F line of fly boxes. For smaller flies, #12 - #22, it is hard to beat the design elements of this box.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
IasgairFebruary 11th, 2019, 3:00 pm

Posts: 121
I prefer the Barnsley fly boxes. One reason is they are just like the Wheatley boxes, but over $100 less, and just as good. How Wheatley can charge $198 for a fly box is plain robbery.
But with this style of box I have one side for nymphs or wet flies, and the compartments for my dry flies so the hackles don't get crushed.

For me, this is the best design for a box. It's very practical with a purpose.

Another reason I prefer these type of boxes is each compartment is it's own compartment. So when the wind is blowing I only have to worry about those flies in that single compartment blowing away, which doesn't happen all that much. A typical compartment box that has only one lid covering multiple compartments is awful in the wind. When you open the lid you just created a huge hatch of flies on the water, which is your flies from your box. Not a fun time watching five to ten of your flies floating down the river and fish rising and taking them.

What would be great is a compartment type box that's magnetic to hold the flies in when the wind is blowing or if you drop your box and it opens up somehow.

They do have magnetic boxes, but I have not seen any in this style.
WbranchFebruary 13th, 2019, 12:17 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2432
I have had two Wheatley spring compartment boxes with foam in the upper lid. One was black and the other the traditional silver. I had them for years but there are significant limitations with them. First the compartments are quite small and it is virtually impossible to put a #12 dry fly in one of them without crushing the hackles. Also they compartments are so small that unless the flies are #18 and smaller you can't out but 3 -4 #16 in each compartment. Lastly I have somewhat larger than average hands and fingers. There is just no way I can get my thumb and index finger into one of those small compartments very easily. I sold both of them for $50 each.

I tie dry flies from size #22 to #8 and I hate to tie a perfect fly only to crush the hackle in a box with too shallow compartments. I have been using Dewitt plastic boxes for fifty years. I currently have four that are 1.38" x 4.25" x 8.50" and two that are 1.12" x 3.5" x 5.75" Great boxes. They have metal hinges riveted to the top and bottom of the box. There are various compartment configurations; 6, 8, 12, & 18 compartments. I also have five Myran plastic boxes .62" x3.38" x 4.25" for small dries #16 - #24. I have at least 42 fly boxes. I'm not really sure of exactly how many because I keep a couple in my bass boat and a couple at my cabin. But they are all full.

Here is link to the medium sized box;
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
IasgairFebruary 13th, 2019, 3:53 pm

Posts: 121
I understand what you're saying Matt. The compartments are small, but I generally don't fish with anything larger than a #14. And I also don't need 100 flies with me, so I put 1 or 2 flies depending on their sizes in each compartment. I have had no issue with crushed hackle this way.

I fish creeks most often, so I don't need to take as many flies as other people may carry, and someone with your knowledge and advanced techniques may need to use more of a variety of flies.

The Dewitt boxes you mentioned are splendid for dry flies.

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