Tacky Fly Box Review: Worth The Money?

Look, I know what you’re thinking.

Is the Tacky Fly Box worth it??

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?

This picture shows the amount of flies that the tacky fly box can hold. 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.  (I explained choosing a new vest more in detail here.)

Since I upgraded all of my fly boxes to the Tacky’s, that issue disappeared.  I have a lot more space to throw more fly boxes in my vest and take more flies to the river.


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 Tacky Fly 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.

picture of tacky original fly box.

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.

5- Magnets! 

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.  Tacky also also has a couple other box options such as the big bug box that is more optimal for streamers.

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.


this picture shows the viewers what the tacky fly box looks like.

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