View Full Version : Fly Boxes

02-05-2011, 05:39 AM
We all have them and some of us have probably to many.
I would like to see what you guys carry your flies in.
It dosen't matter what they are, flim canisters, Wheatleys, Altoid tins, etc.

I'll start with the box I recieved for Christmas,
A C&F Threader box.


Brk Trt

02-05-2011, 09:56 AM
I'm digging around to find the piece I put together about what is inside my fly boxes. That shows the boxes I own and operate.


It's in there somewhere, still looking.

02-05-2011, 02:12 PM
Nice to look back to all those years ago , the internet then was a scary place for this born in the 50s man .
the welcome and sharing that I met on the original Smallstreams has given me confidence to surf all over the web and make so many real friends ,some I guess I will never meet in the flesh but a large number I have met on the bankside or in a bar .
With a little luck will get some of the wheatly collection out of their bags and picture a stack or two .

02-05-2011, 08:46 PM
The small stream box. On an Arizona stream, this is all I need.

02-06-2011, 12:39 AM
Doctor, I did not mean to side track you on all that old stuff.


Inside of my C&F. I enjoy C&F boxes for my salt water flys and I have a single one that is very light (I use the locking waterproof) for tenkara.

The Wayback dint produce the article on "Fly Box" that had images of all my fly boxes but I did find another file that had the images.

You can click on them to get a larger version.

http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/sm_images/adam_01_back.jpg (http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/adam_01_back.jpg) http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/sm_images/adam_01_front.jpg (http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/adam_01_front.jpg)

http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/sm_images/adam_02_back.jpg (http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/adam_02_back.jpg) http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/sm_images/adam_02_front.jpg (http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/adam_02_front.jpg)

http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/sm_images/adam_03_back.jpg (http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/adam_03_back.jpg) http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/sm_images/adam_03_front.jpg (http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/adam_03_front.jpg)

The below box is what I use for my tenkara box now...

http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/sm_images/adam_03_open.jpg (http://grassart.net/Wheatley_Fly_Box/engraved/adam_03_open.jpg)

02-06-2011, 01:25 AM
I enjoyed the side track.
Intresting to note that a large percentage of your Wheatleys back then were Clip boxes .
Back then most of mine were foam lined ,the clip ones were and are all preowned ones and mainly now used for specialist wet flys and salmon singles.

02-06-2011, 05:20 AM
Great stuff guys.



02-06-2011, 09:50 AM
Silly rabbit, clips are for nymphs.


Not a big fan of foam, I want to pass these boxes to my kids.

At one point I was looking for a petite wood box but discovered that my point of research used the same boxes as I did so that trail dried up.

Wheatleys are it for me.

02-06-2011, 04:15 PM
well there is a stack from my river trout bag and the black one is a salmon tube fly box from my "spring salmon bag",both of which are easy to find
Top left is a vintage 6 compartment box which contains some wee crabbit Roy christie shrimps and reverse paras and some other grayling bugs
below that is my favorite wheatley of all ,compartments for river drys ans a nice size ,
below is a bigger compartments box more a still water box but with lots of crossover flys
then a swing leaf with a variety of nymphs ,most of which I dont use often
the black box is a wheatley tube box ,mainly big heavy salmon tubes .
the left hand stack starts at the top with a classic cast damper from the days of gut casts which I use for spare made up leaders iset up inbetween the felt pads .
then there are two wet and nyph boxes ,and right at the bottom is the big daddy fromwheatley the 32 compartment mthis never leaves the car boot (trunk) as its so big ,used as a stock box .

adam will dig out the salmon fly clip boxes and show you whats what :D

02-06-2011, 04:49 PM
Thats quite an assortment. They look to have been in your possesion for awhile.


Brk Trt

02-06-2011, 05:04 PM

Sick with envy, in full light.

I would dig that my dear doctor.

btw: besides mine being older than 10 years, those pictured are only a bit of the stack, me gots moor, me don't have the files to match your boxes.


02-07-2011, 02:27 AM
Thats quite an assortment. They look to have been in your possesion for awhile.


Brk Trt

I dont think i have bought a new one for some twenty years ,I do pick up an odd one that has been pre owned .
There must be 6 or 7 more to photo,and a few historic ones like the wee hardy neroda ,a steel bodied wheatly clip and a tiny black jappanned Hardy badged Wheatly (sadly non functional due to its previous owner storing it in a damp cellar)

Adam 1970 is a little early probably started buying around 73-74 .

02-07-2011, 04:08 AM

There is just something about opening a beautiful little metal fly box in the early morning light. Standing there, in the dew, tying one on, the box back in your pocket, having captured the moment in a loving way only to let that moment be visited when called upon. Those boxes have everything to do with it.


I think those boxes have to do with time.

Unlike Pandora's, they want to be opened, used, loved.

Plastic is not an ages thing, metal, like bamboo or versa visa, the box captures time only when opened.

That's what I get out of it.

I love that picture doctor, I feel beter now. You have been fixing me up for quite some time thank you.

10-25-2011, 02:49 PM
Anyone use a leather fly wallet anymore? I took a liking to one I was given recently. I don't fish a ton of dries so it has served me well carrying some nymphs, streamers, etc.

10-25-2011, 08:45 PM
I have spent way too much cash on Frickin fly boxes in my life trying to find the perfect one that fits all situations. There isn't one.

My favorite is a tiny little Wheatley my wife bought for me for Christmas several years ago and had inscribed. It goes with me everywhere and is small stream delight. After that my favorite box is a $15 Trout Unlimited double sided see thru box with foam slits that holds a ton of flies. It even floats. I should have bought everyone they had for sale.

10-25-2011, 09:00 PM

I remember that...

10-28-2011, 12:42 PM
Every type of Fly Box, containers, Altoids containers, pill bottles (short of the 150th Anniversary Wheatley I would like to come up with the money to get.........limited edition........................my wife does not understand this insanity (???) !!!
As one of the prizes for winning a Fly Tying competition, I got another Fly Box (I must fill). They could have given me a supply of all types of hooks (always need that.........and how about saddle hackle tha the fashionistas have made impossible and expensive to get a hold of.........I could use some Olive Saddle). More Fly Boxes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aye Yi Yi Yi YI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!