Organizing and replenishing my summer striper box is an annual ritual. I thought you might like to see how I do it. The left side of my box is the busiest, in terms of number of flies and how often I’m dipping into it. This is the left side, the sand eel side, and I’m covered for both matchstick sand eels and larger ones up to about 5″. Let’s start with the box: it’s a C&F Design Permit Box, completely waterproof, four rows of slit foam, 7 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 2/3″. I’ve had this box for years, and I love it.
Thanks Steve, very helpful! What fly box do you use? What box do you use for bigger ( 12”) Flatwings?
Hi Dave. I’m assuming you’re not joking about what kind of box, and that you simply missed it. (It’s in the first paragraph of this story.) As to what box for bigger flatwings, I don’t. Oh, I have a large Bugger Barn suitcase style box for long term storage, but I typically don’t carry more than 1-2 spares. Those can, in a pinch, fit into the box you see here. I stick them on the opposite side and preen the feathers so the fly assumes a reverse L-shape. Maybe that’s worthy of a future post!
Sorry Steve, must have had a senior moment there! Turns out I have that box! Just have to get the “crabs out”.
But thx for the longer Flatwing storage idea. I’ll get on that one.
Always enjoy your posts!
No worries, Dave. At some point I’ll try to get a picture up of what I’m talking about.
Fabulous collection! You’ve inspired me to fill out my own box. Thanks!
It all (eventually) gets used. As a former Scout, I still take the motto “Be Prepared” seriously. 🙂
Great article, Steve. Thanks for sharing
My pleasure….stay tuned for Part 2!