Good Morning Folks,
A while back I started to hear murmurings about a new fly box that was getting ready to come to market. It was supposed to be a revolutionary new design and far better at holding flies than anything that's come out before. When I finally learned the name of the box, I wasn't sure if they were trying to be cute and put some kind of gaudy decoration on a typical fly box, or if there was actually something sticky inside that held the flies in place. Now, if you're like me, you don't own just one fly box. I'm sure my collection pales in comparison to many, but I've got some with lamb shearling, some with little doors, some metal hooks all the way up to different foam configurations and foam with slits in it. It really didn't seem like there was much room in the market for yet another fly box design. Then, I went to IFTD.
IFTD was an amazing place. Lots of huge, colorful booths with everything a fly fisherman (or fisherwoman) could ever want. Me personally, though, I like to check out the smaller booths. It seems like that is where more innovation lies. On one of my trips up and down the aisles, I came across the Tacky Fly Box booth. Finally, I get to see this box that I've been hearing about! To my surprise, the box was of a very simple design. No crazy accouterments or unnecessary gadgets, and a nice, slim profile that will slip easily into a pocket.
|TheTacky table at IFTD.
We talked about fly fishing for trout in Utah, and I tried to convince them that bluegill in Georgia were fun, too! I tried to learn as much as I could about their fly box and how they went about designing and testing them. To my surprise, they very graciously gave me a Tacky Fly Box to try out for myself.
|Are you willing to hold an open fly box upside down?
Hold it, it did! I put the big bug in the box and turned it upside down. Nothing. I gave it a shake. Didn't move. So, I gave it a fling. The only movement I could get from the popper was a bit of a rise. The silicon slits never let it go, though!
I've been using this box for a few months now. It's really become my go to fly box, the first to get loaded up before I head out. It's thin profile makes it perfect to slide into a back pocket if you don't want to carry a pack or bag with you. My lumbar pack that I use fishing typically only holds 4 of my boxes comfortably, but I'm pretty sure I could double or triple that number with these Tacky boxes. Speaking with Ki, I've learned that they have some other sizes and styles in the works, so there will be no trouble with the lid closing on my big poppers when the new boxes are released.
|Another from the Tacky table. That's a lot of flies!
I have tons of praise for these boxes and I hope you don't find me credulous because of it. There is only one downside that I have found. I try to be very open and honest with my reviews, and my reviews are purely my opinion. I think most folks won't find this as a downside and it is a very small thing. I realize that we are in a global economy and country of origin shouldn't carry a whole lot of weight when making a purchase decision. The Tacky Fly Box is a very high quality product of which I am happy to own and very proud to have met the creators. However, the box is manufactured in China and that just tends to be a sore spot with me. I'm sure it was purely a "final-cost" decision, as US manufacturing can be expensive. I love the box, I use it constantly and I will definitely be purchasing another when the other sizes come out. I just wish they were manufactured in the USA.
That's my review, let me know if you have any questions for me or the Tacky Fly Box guys and I'll do my best to get them answered. Check out these boxes, if your local shop isn't carrying them yet ask them to! You won't be disappointed! I can't wait to get another!
I hope you're all doing well,
Tight lines and Tacky boxes!
|You can't have too many mossy log pictures, right?