Fly Box Simplication – A Status Update


I had a previous post about using Plano boxes as fly warehouses – from which individual flies are pulled for the day’s fishing (see post here)

I wanted to report on what I’ve found.

I started with my saltwater flies, as I have a smaller assortment for sea-run cutthroat trout fishing than I do freshwater fishing.

I decided to put everything into the same box and organize by the same fly type, e.g., all baby chum salmon patterns in the same slot; all euphasilids (shrimp-like crustaceans), and so on. I did put my clouser minnows in different slots as I had a number of each color; if I got more flies I would probably combine them in a couple of slots.

I think the Plano boxes for saltwater flies – at least mine – is a terrific organizing tool. Admittedly, I keep a group of the flies I most use in a small box in my sling pack. But it’s good to know I can keep everything else in one place and if needed could just bring the Plano box to the beach.

I’ve not been as satisfied with my organization of freshwater flies. I’ve not yet figured out an approach that works with the array of flies. I think part of the problem is that I’ve accumulated those flies over a number of years without much of plan. So, for example, I‘ve got bunches of Parachute Adams but only a few Stimulators. Then I’ve got weird numbers of sizes – sometimes too many sizes; other times not having enough.

The more I think about it, a better approach for my freshwater flies would be to go through and toss out the old ones; then determine what I want to keep. As it is, freshwater fishing will be less of a priority given the nearness of the Puget Sound beaches. And when I do make the drive over to the Yakima, I can stop by one of the local shops and pick up a bunch for what’s working.

So maybe this is just an intellectually empty exercise – at least for my freshwater flies. But then again, it’s still thinking about fly fishing.

Author: Tom