We fish a lot of tube flies at our lodges in Alaska and British Columbia. Tubes offer a number of advantages over flies tied on traditional hooks, but perhaps their biggest disadvantage is their inability to be stored in a traditional fly box.
When it comes to housing a season’s worth of tube flies, most of our guides prefer plain ol’ Plano style ‘fly’ boxes. They’re inexpensive, customizable, and hold a ton of flies, but they’re far from ideal. Not only are they bulky, but they also have a tendency to smash materials flat as flies bounce around unsecured and send dozens of unweighted flies across the river when opened on a windy day. Sound familiar?
For years we’ve been hoping for a solution to securely house a decent selection of tube flies on our person which is why we were super excited when we first got wind that the folks from Plan D would be releasing a line of boxes designed exclusively for tube flies. It’s the most innovative system to housing tubes we’ve seen to date, so today we thought we’d tell you about it.