Look, I know what you’re thinking.
Another fly fishing gimmick? Come, on!
If you’re looking for another cheap product to get you by for a few trips, the Tacky Fly Box isn’t it.
So, are Tacky Fly Boxes worth it?
The answer is a resounding yes.
Without sounding like an ad, the original Tacky Box is 7″ x 3 and 1/2″ and just 3/4″ thick.
The biggest advantage, beyond the silicone inserts (I’ll get into that later) these boxes offer is their thin profile.
One of the main reasons I had to upgrade my fly fishing vest (besides the fact that I wanted to) was because of the lack of space in the pockets. Long story short there, I went with the Fishpond Wasatch, explained more in detail here.
Since I upgraded all of my fly boxes to the Tacky’s, that issue disappeared.
You can purchase the Tacky Fly Box on Amazon.
The Knitty Gritty Details about the Tacky Boxes..
1- Slit Silicone storage system
I love this feature. A traditional fly box simply offers a foam insert and while typically these do work, they just don’t hold up like this system does. The silicone can take hundreds of hooks without displaying any wear.
2- The box holds flies tighter
While I haven’t compared it side by side to my old boxes, as I got rid of them, this is from as far as I can tell — true. The silicone is clearly much more dense than any foam you’d find in a traditional fly box and that means less flies in the river.
Be honest, there’s times where a nymph jiggles loose in your box. Happens to everybody.
3- Supposedly withstands cold temps
I haven’t officially tested this one yet, so I had to go with “supposedly”. However, I do live in Minnesota, so I plan on freezing the box a couple times — getting it out in the snow and giving it a run for it’s money.
4- Light blue color for high contrast
While I’m not entirely sure the founders of the company didn’t just pick a random color and roll with it, you can see the flies clearly in the box.
I also love the plastic lid.
I love this. Magnets are just one less thing to break, and at $20 a pop for fly boxes avoiding errors with the setup is pretty important.
6- Original box holds 168 flies
I haven’t counted mine, but I believe it. Buy three or four of these and you should be set, they do have dry fly boxes and a larger unit as well.
If you are using streamers and are wondering what the best boxes for streamers are, I have an article about that too if you want to check it out!
All in all..
I highly recommend purchasing the Tacky Fly Box. Get an original, a couple of them or whatever works best, you’ll be glad you did.