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flytire 03-03-2013 05:16 AM

fly box
we talk a lot about flies but not about what to put them in. so heres an easy home made fly box that takes about a 1/2 - 1 hour to make

pinking shears
utility knife
1/4 inch foam sheet
straight edge
tin box or altoids box (i used a cabelas gift card box $2)

measure the box and cut the foam into strips to fit the box.
pinking shears will give you equal indentations to make the slit to hold the fly and will look like the more expensive boxes.

apply the glue and install the foam strips inside the box

stick your flies into the slits in the foam. close the cover and shake the box vigorously to ensure the flies stay in place.
most folks dont believe they will stay in place because its not one of those expensive c&f style box

here is another one with 1 piece of foam. repeat the measure, cut, glue, install process as above.

thanks for looking

sandfly 03-03-2013 06:51 AM

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Very nice indead, never thought of the pinking shears will have to get some now.

streamwalker 03-03-2013 07:14 AM

fly box
Awesome idea! Will for sure be doing this within the next few days. Thanks for the post.

gt05254 03-03-2013 07:56 AM

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Great idea and well presented step by step. Nicely done!

bruce m 03-03-2013 08:29 AM

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Love the idea, now to force feed altoids to my wife

mcnerney 03-03-2013 10:49 AM

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I did an altoids fly box the other day, but your pinking shears idea sure gives it the professional look, very nicely done, congrats!


jb fly 03-03-2013 11:17 AM

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Great sbs. I will be doing this in the near future as there is no fly shops in my city. Thanks for the great idea

jaybo41 03-03-2013 02:42 PM

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Nicely done SBS flytire! That's a nice looking end result to boot. Like the others, I hadn't thought of pinking shears. I bet the craft stores will have a run on them since you shared this post! :) Couple of other thoughts that you could do when making it would be to line the entire box with the craft store foam and then put slits in it from one end to the other. The end result would be a nice streamer box.

You could also get some of the adhesive magnet squares that are sold in Staples to put business cards on and place one on a portion of the box. The magnets are really nice for small flies like midge nymphs.

flytire 03-03-2013 04:18 PM

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I don't know if these particular tin boxes have the required thickness to accommodate streamers but I would venture a guess there is a box out there that does

baseman1 03-03-2013 05:27 PM

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Anyone with young enough kids to have to buy whipes will have the perfect boxes. They are about 1'' thick by 8'' by 4''. I plan on building a few of them using this technique.

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