Wbranch on Feb 13, 2013February 13th, 2013, 5:02 am EST
Sorry for posting my picture here relative to the "Fly Boxes" thread but when I post in the regular forum my pictures come up thumbnail size and don't enlarge when you click on them. This is most of my fly boxes although I know there are two boxes of Clouser minnows and one box of Sucker spawn, Glo-bugs, and Blood dots down in my closet in the garage but was just too lazy to go get them.
Wbranch on Feb 13, 2013February 13th, 2013, 5:26 am EST
"PS. Don't your dry fly hackels get matted in those C & F style boxes?"
No, because I never put winged dries in the swing leaf page and all the dries in the front and rear, deeper, covers are no larger than #16 and most are #18 - #22.
I just hate it when I smash delicate CDC or turkey flat wings or bend nicely split microfibbet tails. I never crowd the flies into the compartments of the Dewitt boxes. I try and nor put more than 6 - 8 #14's and less as the hook size gets bigger.
Wbranch on Feb 14, 2013February 14th, 2013, 12:28 am EST
"I'm not so surprised about the number of flies there, but you are so organized! I am impressed sir."
Yep, I'm very fastidious about the appearance of all my boxes and especially the C&F boxes. Two reasons; when friends are around and I open it they always anxious to grab the boxes out of my hands and oogle all my handiwork and admittedly I get pleasure from that. The other reason being since the very design of the rows and slits lends itself to at least some organization I can load the boxes hatch specific and by life cycle stage. Say 3 rows for nymphs, 4 rows for emergers, 4 rows for duns, and 3 rows for spinners. Then as I expend flies I'll see what empty slits need to be re-filled. I also just enjoy organizing the boxes over the winter when I'm not fishing.
Jmd123 on Feb 14, 2013February 14th, 2013, 6:07 pm EST
Matt, your level of organization AND productivity are both impressive! Looks like you are ready for anything and everything! Truth be known, I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum - I work out of maybe 6-8 fly boxes during any given year. But, they are all flies that work for my local conditions and I don't have the income to do much travelling these days. I assume that every box in there has found some use to you on some day within the past few years...or are you just padding your collection to impress us?
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...