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Old 06-02-2009, 03:27 PM
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Would love to see some examples to get a few ideas... What wood, what hardware and foam...?
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My uncle made me one, Its carved out of walnut has some stained finish, and has a few simple hinges and some foam inserts that I believe he bought online.
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I went the cheap way. Bought the water proof plano boxes, foam from a craft store
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This gentleman just started his own business and if I didn't already have 5 different fly boxes I would get one...Heck I may just get one b/c they're nicely done

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I use scrapbooks storage boxes from the craft stores with some foam cut to size for the insides of them. its much cheaper especially on the big boxes. I built a 13x9 box for big bass flies for 7 bucks.
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I made all of these. I've actually made over 20 fly boxes of this type. You can use the same design using empty Altoid mint tins.

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Now those are some buggy looking nymphs Silver! Nice,

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Altoid cans? What a great idea. Do you cut the foam yourself? Where do you get it?
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Altoid cans? What a great idea. Do you cut the foam yourself? Where do you get it?
The foam is from a craft store like Hobby Lobby. Try to get 3/8" thick foam. It makes for a more durable hook holder than the more common 1/4".

I also use the sticky back colored foam to code my clear fly boxes. Color indicates the type of flies.

The straight side of the foam is cut with a rotary cutter on a cutting board.

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The side with the slots is cut with a pair of pinking shears.

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A simpler method is just to cut slots in the foam with a razor blade and mount the flies in the slots.
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I've made my own before, from some of the waterproof Plano boxes as well as some of the craft store boxes, and I've had different problems with each. The one major complaint is that most of the boxes that are small enough to fit into your pocket, that I've found anyways, are always deep and hard to get one single fly out of without messing up the others.
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