All my trout fly boxes now are the “modern” foam/slit design, but honestly it’s starting to seem like more trouble than it’s worth. Anyone going back to the old plastic boxes with fifteen compartments?
Especially for dry flies it honestly seems like a better system.
I actually carry many more dry flies than that ... my most productive flies are Size 12 March Browns, Size 14 Greenwell's Glory, Size 16 Adams, Size 18 BWO in olive/gray/tan, and Size 20 midges in black/red/cream. I definitely go with Catskill Style dry flies down through Size 18. I also carry some large Drakes/Hexes and tent-wing Caddisflies/Stoneflies but, unfortunately, I haven't seen many of those where I have been fishing lately.
For fly boxes, I have indeed begun the transition to the compartmented style although I'm not quite all the way to the ordinary plastic style yet. I first started with this hybrid style. There are several rows of slits but on the left side there are two large magnetic bays that hold all my tiny midge and mayfly nymphs/emergers.
Now I've started with a few boxes that have all magnetic bins. This one has 8 compartments and holds a ton of euro style and traditional nymphs/emergers. There's also a larger size that has 18 compartments. I love how thin these boxes are yet still hold a ton of flies. However, only a few larger dry flies fit in each.
Last Edit: Aug 6, 2020 10:27:23 GMT -6 by darrelln09
I'd probably carry real cool boxes of dries, too, if I could fish Crane Creek all the time like some do.
I haven’t fished many dry flies at Crane. I’ve actually only seen one or two fish rise in all my trips there although I usually don’t get there until mid-morning and don’t stay until sunset. The Roaring River has been much more productive for me on dries, especially with an Adams, Olive BWO, or Red Midge.
darrelln09 I think you've come to like them Ozark spring creeks, bro 👍
Most definitely! The only drawback, I think, is that the springs hold the water temperature fairly constant throughout the year. Now that's absolutely great for the fish but I think it drastically affects the predictability of the insect hatches. I'm guessing the different species of larva are normally triggered to emerge by different water temperatures.
Last Edit: Aug 12, 2020 4:53:50 GMT -6 by darrelln09