I started fly fishing with the bare minimums, cheap hip waders, no net, a few purchased flies, and maybe some tippet (I think it took me a few weeks to figure out what tippet even was)! The other day I needed to make a fly box addition for my winter fly tying and I decided to step it up a notch from the old school foam boxes. The new boxes on the market can get pretty pricey, but I think I’ve found a keeper.
I was very impressed with the new selection of Umpqua boxes. Some of them even have magnetic squares that hold your flies. The box I went with is the Medium edition, MSRP; about $34. After my experience with this product I will probably be adding more to my collection soon.
There are two major separations between this box and the standard ribbed foam doubles. The first being that the foam faces are directed away from each other, so there are two doors, one for each of the sides. This is nice because it adds an element of organization, but also lets you be more space efficient with your flies. One of the best parts is that you can see your flies through the opaque shell. The second major improvement is that these fly boxes can tremendously help those of us with poor organization strategies. No more throwing your flies in the wrong place or trying to do it without forceps, knocking off a half dozen innocent flies in the process.
Fly fishing is already frustrating enough as-is, so why not take advantage of quality products if you can afford to do so? Ditch that old white-foam double-ribbed box and pick up one of these babies, you won’t be sorry.