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Old 02-18-2011, 07:18 PM
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Default Compartments or foam?

I'm looking to clean up the old vest. I've been making do with assorted odds and ends boxes for too long now. In upgrading and organizing I have come to a question. What do you all prefer,foam fly boxes or compartmentrd boxes? I carry anything from buggers,muddlers and stimulators,to midges,sucker spawn and nymphs. I need to get organized and start taking better care of my flies. Tying time is at a premium and buying them can get expensive. Any pics you all might post of your boxes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:37 AM
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Foam here. Compartments make more sense to protect the hackle on traditional dries, but I don't do well with compartments in the wind. I will carry some flies in an Altoid tin.
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Foam fly boxes for me. More than once I've lost a bunch of flies to the wind or a slip of the hand with compartment boxes. So now I prefer to have my flies secured in place till I need them.
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Default Re: Compartments or foam?

Thats kind of what I thought. I do like the idea of compartments for the dries. Less likely to get crunched, but at the risk of a dumping . I guess the foam is the most secure way to go. Any brand / model preferences?
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Thats kind of what I thought. I do like the idea of compartments for the dries. Less likely to get crunched, but at the risk of a dumping . I guess the foam is the most secure way to go. Any brand / model preferences?
No real preference for me. Mine are all mix matched. I do go for the ones with depth to cut down on the crunching of the flies.
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Foam for my dry flies...I'd need 3 or 4 pairs of tweezers hung about my person to get flies out of a compartment box. Here's my dry fly box, a thick Wheatley so the flies don't get mashed:
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Just realized I do use compartment boxes (I was thinking Wheatley with those little doors before). I use compartments for things like tiny dries:
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but I go back to foam for terrestrials:
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I have always been one for the foam boxes although I do use compartment boxes for my small/tiny dries....
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Ditto to Watson.

I prefer a small compartment box for my small dries..kind of difficult to remove if you put to many in and sometimes anyways but I feel like I do damage to the flies with my big fat fingers trying to stick them into foam.
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I'm stuck in a time warp and I can deal with that. I have some compartment boxes and they are the choice for dry flies. The best bet to guard against wind loss is the type with individual lids for each section. If you don't overstuffed the compartments they work fine. For wet flies I like clip boxes and wallets with fleece or heavy flannel pages. I've never owned a foam box and I have nothing negative to say about them. I simply have what I bought years ago and make due with them.

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Compartment for dries,and foam for nymphs
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