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Fly2Fish 06-20-2009 12:08 AM

Storage Ideas for Fly Inventory
This is probably so stupid a question that no one will respond, but just having gotten back into fly-tying after a long absence, I'm curious about what "systems" more experienced tiers use for organizing excess fly inventory tied during off-season. Before I tied I just bought what flies I needed, usually from local shops on site, so storage was just in my carried fly boxes. However, now tying a considerable inventory in anticipation of the upcoming season, it's obviously impracticable to store them all in my vest fly-boxes.

I recognize that some manufacturers offer modular "suitcases" holding a number of fly box interchangeable inserts which would address this situation. However, these all seem to require use of that manufacturer's proprietary fly-boxes, and the ones I've seen I don't care for as being too bulky.

The two "systems" that come to my mind are either large boat-type fly-boxes storing all my excess fly inventory in some sort of order, or a large collection of my favorite fly boxes (which are pretty small, since I fish mainly tailwaters with #18+ flies), either filled with the same fly assortment, be it nymphs, emergers, dries, etc., or more likely a mixture organized by time of season so that instead of re-stocking my vest boxes, I'd just replace the entire box with a suitable one from my inventory.

(I must say, after re-reading this, the thought "I need to get a life!" comes to mind;)) :batty:

arfishinbear 06-20-2009 07:08 AM

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I use those plano boxes ya pick up at walmart, the clear ones that run from 2.00 to 6.00. They are flat so they stack nice and are clear so you know whats in them with just a look.

aroostookbasser 06-20-2009 02:18 PM

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I second the plano/flambou boxes........

I use a "tackle box" made by them that holds 4 boxes.......looks like a black rack...and has a handle for carrying. This rack is stackable too.

I fill each rack with certain "types" of flies. Each box is subdivided into each "Tye/pattern"

I label all my boxes using a permanent marker.....the writing "erases" easily with some alcohol and papertowel.

Frank Whiton 06-20-2009 02:38 PM

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Hi Fly2Fish,

If it was me I would use the boxes as mentioned but just for storage. Use them to fill the boxes you are going to take on a trip. There is no need to take all the flies you own on a trip.

For a trip you could also take one of the big Cliff boxes with some back up flies. It wouldn't be a box that you would necessarily take on the water with you. The Cliff box would be back at the motel just in case you lose a stream side box or run out of the flies you might need.


Fly2Fish 06-23-2009 01:46 PM

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Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I hadn't thought about all the various Plano-type boxes and holders; looking over them at the local Walmart, they seem about ideal for my needs. I noticed one in particular that was two-sided, and depending upon how you wanted to configure the adjustable compartment dividers, totaled up to 20 compartments. I don't know how well it would fit into a Plano case-holding bag, however.

Frank, I'm a big fan of Cliff's various boxes. My first was a Cliff's Super Days Worth, which will hold everything I need, ranging from the smallest nymphs to streamers. However, it's a bit bulky for the way I fish now, so I'll use it for the "re-stock" box I carry along on a trip and leave in the car/motel room for refilling my other boxes later, which are mainly the smaller Cliff's Days Worth boxes which easily fit two or perhaps three to a normal vest pocket. One thing I really like about these various Cliff's fly boxes is their use of magnetic "flooring" on one side to keep my tiny tailwater midges from flying out of the box when windy.

aroostookbasser 06-24-2009 07:44 AM

Re: Storage Ideas for Fly Inventory
read everything often

Hope it helped.

larrysmith9865 06-25-2009 09:52 AM

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I keep mine i the hardware boxes with the sliding drawers. I can mount them in the garage and they are visable for when I go out anywhere so I never forget to restock even if it is while backing out to leave. I also use them to keep most of my materials to tie with I got a label maker and just mark what it is and it peels right off to relabel if needed. I do carry a extra walmart plastic box in the truck as well just in case. The hardware drawers come in lots of sizes and they work great. Also, I seen a guy keep his smaller flies in one of those weekly pill carriers. it only holds 5 or so flies in each hole but they are small and fit in vest and still can carry 30 or so flies with little space. Good luck to ya.

Rip Tide 06-25-2009 10:03 AM

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ooops, never mind

MrEsox 06-25-2009 10:25 PM

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I use boxes like tuperware or any thing that i can put a fly into. I have even taken flat tackle boxes and placed stuffs in there. For me, there is no place safe. On a nail in the wall, old shot gun shell boxes, even the cat gets stuffs placed on here from time to time ;)

docdahlonega 06-28-2009 05:51 PM

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Ditto the Plano boxes. Minimum cost, maximum visibility and portability. Also easy to keep organized.

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