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Old 01-23-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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Been tying a ton of big junk lately, and I really don't have a good way to store my flies. I was always an Alec Jackson fan for big stuff, but I did (and still do when I fish those flies) loose some fish from the long shank hooks pulling free. Anybody feel like sharing what they use to store tube flies/intruders?

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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Been tying a ton of big junk lately, and I really don't have a good way to store my flies. I was always an Alec Jackson fan for big stuff, but I did (and still do when I fish those flies) loose some fish from the long shank hooks pulling free. Anybody feel like sharing what they use to store tube flies/intruders?

And for you ifish patroller's...I did use the search function first....
The somewhat organized chaos of the zip-lock bag is the best storage solution I have found.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:21 AM   #3
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To store tubes I use a 5' piece of mono, tie a knot at one end and then just slide the style of fly down, stacking them on top of one anther as I tie them. Once the strand is full ill tie a salt water loop at the other end and then hang them on from the my shelving or where ever there is room. Sounds weird but a long stand of reverse marabous looks pretty cool!

On the water, I have yet to find a way to store them well with out purchasing a new box. Right now I use this...
"http://www.flambeauoutdoors.com/images/products/fishing/full/00600.jpg"

But would like this...
http://www.caddisflyshop.com/clswbox.html

I have a large flambeau box that I keep in my pack and once my smaller one is toast I start transplanting.

Cliffs has another box that would work also but I have forgotten what it is called.

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:24 AM   #4
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Get a spinner bait binder. Works great! It's basically a 6"X6" nylon 2 ring binder that zips closed. It contains a bunch of resealable bags with air holes that should work perfectly for storing and toting around stuff like that.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:10 AM   #5
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Get the cheap Plano or similar 5-6 compartment box from Wally World or the craft store. Good solid box to throw big leeches or truders in and cheap. I have an umer tube box and its fine to but better for leeches or smaller tube patterns.

Get like 2-4 of these Plano type boxes and you can have a ton of big swing flys to throw in ur rig and then take your fav in your warders.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:06 PM   #6
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+1 for Plano boxes. I keep a small 5 compartment box filled with large intruders in my wading jacket.

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Old 01-23-2013, 02:04 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies so far.

I have used the small Plano boxes, but I don't get too many flies in each. Maybe I just have to opt for the next larger box. Won't fit in my waders pouch, but could at least keep them dry and organized in the boat.

I've tried the ziplock thing, but I've worked hard to make sure these flies have bulk, but that they especially push the material out away from the hook so they have life. I want it to "breathe' underwater. I hate the idea of something that matts the material down, and after being in the bags they start to look flat and deflated. Probably doesn't make a difference, but it just seems wrong. Guess it comes down to the old idea of fishing something I have confidence in!

The idea about the fishing line is interesting. Neat idea for at home, but it doesn't seem practical for on the water. Could be wrong on this, but just what I imagine.

Thanks again, and would love to hear anymore good ideas.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:40 PM   #8
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I only do that at home when Im out its just a large plano style box in my pack and a smaller one in my wading jacket.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:22 PM   #9
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Been tying a ton of big junk lately, and I really don't have a good way to store my flies. I was always an Alec Jackson fan for big stuff, but I did (and still do when I fish those flies) loose some fish from the long shank hooks pulling free. Anybody feel like sharing what they use to store tube flies/intruders?

And for you ifish patroller's...I did use the search function first....

This is what I use with a small 5 compartment 'traveler' box for my waders/jacket as well.



Or...This is what some others use in a pinch!


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Old 01-23-2013, 04:45 PM   #10
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I second the Plano 5 compartment clear boxes. They cost about 3 bucks. In one box I can fit 10-15 large flies and even more if we are talking medium sized flies. In my years of steelhead fishing I have realized that I fish only a few flies in a day and I have never cycled through 15 flies in one day. I feel most bring way to many flies onto the water each day.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:52 PM   #11
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Ziplocks!
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:20 AM   #12
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Two of these:

https://static.fishersci.com/images/F104591~wl.jpg

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Old 01-24-2013, 09:25 AM   #13
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I have heard "Off the Hook" hinged, pin boxes are very nice. If one wants to spend upwards of $30 for one.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:38 AM   #14
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I subscribe to the "one fly" approach, therefore, no box needed!

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:59 AM   #15
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I use a very fancy Flambeau 3003 box from BiMart, 9" x 5", which holds way more 4" flies than I need in a day - up to 50 if needed. This box fits in my rain jacket pocket, which works well because I rarely throw big junk flies outside of our rainy season. When I do fish big flies in summer (high sun, for meat), I'll just stick a few of my favorite high sun pattern in a ziploc, and stuff it in my waders.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:56 PM   #16
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i use with a small compartment 'traveler' box for my waders/jacket as well.



Excellent.

I too use these 6 to 10 compartment flambeau boxes too.

It's funny, just last week I was thinking, "when was the last time I bought a "fly box?"

It's been a while. Why buy a $20 fly box when I can use one of these gear boxes for $3 and hold my bigger leech, intruders and tube flies. Some of my moal leeches are crazy long like 5 to 6 inches long. I love em, they look great wigglin in the current
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