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    Default Anyone using one of these?

    I was fumbling around a Tacoma fly shop last week land there was a display of these fly boxes that caught my eye.

    "PLAN D"

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    Plan D Fishing - Pack MAX Fly BoxesPlan D Fishing

    Look perfect for intruders..... Anyone using them?
    Last edited by flytie09; 12-09-2018 at 09:05 AM.


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    Default Re: Anyone using one of these?

    I've got one of the smaller sizes with the clear lids. They're pretty well designed and made, and do a good job of keeping your intruders sorted. The foam is not as robust as I'd like, but time will tell.

    If you fish a lot of intruders I'd definitely look into getting one. I'm hoping Santa brings me one of the tube fly boxes.

    Scott

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    Default Re: Anyone using one of these?

    No, but those boxes look pretty sweet.

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    Not yet but my local fly shop has them and they look nice. If Im wearing my sling pack its fine.

    My whole problem is the size of the box. Im getting to the point of a bag of tubes and hooks, three sink tips all in my front zip on my waders and nothing else.

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    Been eyeing these for awhile. If Santa doesn't bring me a couple, I'm definitely buying some.

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    Default Re: Anyone using one of these?

    ***UPDATE***

    So Santa (i.e., my sister-in-law) did in fact give me one of the Plan D tube fly boxes--the smaller one with the clear lid in the upper right of the photo flytie09 attached (Pocket Tube Plus). I don't have a camera so you'll have to work with my description.

    Initial impressions: very well made piece of gear. Heavy gauge plastic, waterproof seal, one way vent. It comes with a bag of mandrels--basically, stainless steel pins with a hook at one en--that you slide through the tube fly and then press in to a slotted silicone block at either end of the box. You can trim the end of the mandrel to fit with a pair of wire cutters. The box comes with a set of medium mandrels; however, they're too big to fit my tube flies so I'll have to pick up a set of smaller ones (they come in small, medium, and large). There's a slotted foam block in the middle of the box that you can stick some trailer hooks in. The way it's configured you can't store the flies with hooks stuck in the tubes.

    The box is 6 1/2 x 5 1/4 and a little over an inch thick. It holds up to 20 tube flies, is big enough to fit in my front wader pocket, but a little too big and heavy to carry around all day. That's okay--for wading and fishing I'll just stick a couple or three flies in an old aluminum cigar tube and the box can stay in my pack.

    All in all it's a good piece of kit and a better storage system for my tube flies than the ratty old Plano box I was using. If you have and fish a lot of tubes I'd definitely recommend it, or one of the other tube fly boxes Plan D has. As I noted earlier I've also got one of their pocket size Intruder boxes (another Xmas gift from the sis-in-law) and it's a good design as well. It's hard to find dedicated boxes for tube and Intruder-type flies, but these Plan Ds fit the bill.

    Scott

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    Santa hooked me up with Pack Articulated Plus. I agree with Duker..really well made and feels solid. Loaded it up with flies and makes organizing articulated patterns much nicer. I'll be buying more of these for sure.

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