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Old 07-06-2009, 12:12 PM
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I was just wondering how you all store your really tiny flies. i just got a Trico asst. from FlyShack.com in #18-#24. man thos little buggers are hard to handle with my big fingers, and hard to put in my fly box. i may have to move some arround and put them in the top row. Just curious, and i figger this is a common problem. Thanks in advance.
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I have the same trouble coordinating clumsy fingers with bad eyes, so I don't tie or carry flies smaller than #18 or tippet smaller than 6X.
Have you seen the C.F.Designs boxes with the threaders? Look on Cabelas' website. Could be what you're looking for.
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My eyes arnt so bad that i cant tie em on. I just get ahold of the hook with my forceps. i just have a hard time with them in the box. I am thinking maybe i need a smaller box so when i place/remove a fly my other 3 fingers dont get in the way...lol. I tried them in just a compartment box, but discovered when i take one out, i get 5 or so with it.
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Just a thought, but you could glue some magnets inside a fly box. Something decently strong. This might enable you to spread them out a bit and keep them from falling in the drink when grabbing them on the river....
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Get a pair of those cheap eyebrow tweezers & file them to a point. You can manipulate the small stuff & they will fit inside most flyboxes.. For tying on a small fly I use a pair of those electronic mini grabbers to hold & twist the fly when I tie it on...The C&F boxes are great also. You can sort of pre-stage your trip by putting some flies on the threaders & keeping them in the box.
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Speaking as someone who rarely carries a fly larger than # 18, and mostly # 22-28, I recommend two different flyboxes. One is the C&F # 203 Ultra Midge Case. In addition to one side with micro-slit foam configured for tiny flies, the other side has three individually-lidded compartments with a "sticky" floor, which will hold tiny flies without them being susceptible to being blown out by wind. In addition, it comes with two Ultra Midge threaders, whose great attributes have been discussed below by other posters.

However, my favorite box for tiny flies is a Cliff's Days Worth. Like the C&F flybox, it has foam on one side but on the other side it has an open compartment with a magnetic floor which really holds the flies well. It's also less than a third the cost of the C&F model. While it doesn't have the C&F's fly threaders, these can be obtained separately; for example, as part of a C&F tweezer tool (not recommended, because the plastic tweezer won't hold flies firmly enough) or a C&F nipper tool.
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