YES!!! I have one of those Orvis boxes!! Turn it upside down to get the flies out. Good idea to put your other hand under it first, and make sure only one of the little doors are open. Sometimes you have to shake it if the flies have large hackles (put the varients, spiders someplace else), which makes it hard to catch the flies as they come out. Makes one wonder how Wheatly has been charging exorbident prices for these since time imortal. Gramma has suggested we put a little magnet on a string to get the flies out. She says: "like picking up nails on a magnet, and since one always falls off.. That's the one you want, chuck the rest back in the box." NO, I haven't tried it. She demonstrated with a magnet, and 100 size 14 dry fly hooks (thank god she didn't drop them on the rug). Then she started talking about an electromagnet, blah, blah, blah. She also suggested we get the little fake toe nails they sell for cats to put over the hook point so we don't get hooked ourselves.
OK, I don't know why she came up with this, and I could NEVER express it the way she did. Ballet in a nightgown, might be a good start, as she was prancing around, waving her arms, etc. Keep in mind she is is a well endowed, pleasingly plump, grandmother. Yes, I'm omitting some of the gory details. Fly storage: Get several yards of the plastic canvus mesh (craft store, they use it for cross stich), attach it to a door, and you can hook the flies on the stuff. When I asked how we could take it to the stream, she suggested I roll it up, put it in a PVC tube, and use it as a wading staff. She went on to say we could cover the doors with several layers of the stuff. How many doors do you have?
Guess all I have to do with the bamboo is throw it out the back door. On the other hand I COULD give it to my Mother, with her green thumb half of NH will be covered with the stuff by July, and I won't have to deal with the excess.
Oops, we just found Gramma's keys...again.
On a late note, I got Gramma a pocket book the day after Christmass. Actually two, couldn't decide which she would like. She is out now buying more tackle (just like John) to fill it, while I watch Sponge Bob Squarepants.
I was also informed she is going to tell her sister we need the wide elastics. She will search the internet for them...