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I'll be traveling to MI in a few days and plan on wading for steelhead and wondering how other store there flies on the river? I have a few "boat boxes but need some ideas of something smaller that would fit in a wading pocket. Many of the flies tied are sculpin/ 3-5" swinging flies tied on shanks with no hooks attached yet. Any cheap easy solutions?


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Go to a craft store and find some hollow mylar tubing and cut to length. Stuff the fly in there then drop the tubes in a ziplock. Works awesome.
 

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I put mine in a zip lock bag. I only throw the flies I'll be using in the bag, plus hooks for my tubes. It's foldable, if a little air is in the bag it floats, it's cheap, it's easy to get in and out of. At the end of the day, lay your flies out to dry.

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Old pill/medication bottles, or 5"X1.25" diameter plastic tubes with push on end caps from Tap Plastics. Can fit 3-6 flies per container (depending on fly size), without damaging materials, and containers don't take up any room in wader or jacket pocket.
 

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Plano Model 3449 plastic box with 5 compartments. Available at Walmart for $3.00. They measure 6.25" X 3.5". This photo has some flies sitting on the lid but you get the idea.
 

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I store my flies in a box like Fishtech, but like the other guys, carry a ziploc for anything I plan to use, used, wet, etc. Pretty cheap, and best of both worlds, and easy to fit in my pocket. The main box stays in my waterproof waist-pack.
 

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I store my flies inside drinking straws, just cut them to length, with the hooks attached (=
 

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Pending on the size of the fly I modify and use 10 round paintball tubes. Can store some pretty big flies in them... can carry many with a tube holder or keep a half dozen in your pack since they take up little space.

 

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Here is my zip lock bag tube fly holder, I have been tying tube flys the last ten years each winter and hardly ever fish them. I was out on the river today and did use a tube fly all day. There are a lot of flys here, honk I will stop tying them and start using them more. There are no hooks in these, they are kept in a separate small sucrets box.

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