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troutslayer3393
03-03-2009, 08:36 AM
Today is my 16th B-day:biggrin:.....and I was wanting to go by LRO to pick up a NICE fly-box. So if any of you have any good suggestions I would appreciate all of the advice

Thanks, Lee

UofMontanaAlum
03-03-2009, 09:35 AM
Happy B-day! :biggrin:

C&F is the only way to go.

Treecatcher2
03-03-2009, 11:40 AM
Happy Birthday

FLYFSN
03-03-2009, 11:53 AM
Birthday Wish?
C&F Fly-Box...

jeffnles1
03-03-2009, 12:40 PM
C&F are good, pricey but good. I'd suggest talking with some of the folks in LRO to see what they would recommend.

Here are my criteria for fly boxes:
They hold my flies
they float (obvious reasons)
they are not too bulky

One suggestion is to write your name and phone number on the box. That way when (not if but when) you drop one and it goes floating down the river or you sit it on the roof of your car and drive away, there's a chance someone who found your box will call you.

In fact, I do the same with my rod tubes and the duffle bag I carry my gear in.

Most fishermen are honest and will give you a call if they know how to reach you.

Last summer, I found 2 fly boxes floating in the river and neither had contact information. I sat them on a rock out in the river where they could easily be found but if there was a phone number, I would have called the guys and told them I had their boxes and flies.

Hope this helps.

Jeff

flyred06
03-03-2009, 03:31 PM
C F is a very nice way to go. But right now the orvis boxes are on sale and LRO might be honoring that sales price also. But if you got the money go with the best. Personally I have some cheaper ones and some good ones because I tend to change my mind alot on what I want to fish for so I just set up several different cheap boxes so I can keep them ready for on the go.

flyred06
03-03-2009, 03:43 PM
sorry forgot to say happy birthday. It is nice to see younger men involved in the sport. It helps to keep it from dying away.

92Esquire
03-03-2009, 06:20 PM
I got one of the new midsized Scientific Anglers boxes at LRO with the CF style microslits. I like that box a whole lot.

Plunker
03-03-2009, 07:20 PM
Go with the C F...it'll probably be around well beyond your next 16th Birthday:biggrin:
Of course this would be a good time to lay in a nice Wheatley Heirloom box that you can give to your great grand kids on your 5th 16th birthday:rolleyes:

troutslayer3393
03-03-2009, 10:38 PM
Thanks to all that wished me a happy B-day. I got a LOT of fly tying materials today. And will probably pick up a C and F from LRO in the next couple of days. The C and F's are my favorite...especially the little midge threaders that they come with. Not that I need them with my young eyes:rolleyes:. Thanks again for the Happy B-days.
Lee

jeffnles1
03-04-2009, 05:55 PM
Not that I need them with my young eyes:rolleyes:

Lee,
I was just about to wish you a happy birthday but you had to go and rub the youth thing in didn't you? :biggrin:

Oh well, Happy Birthday anwyay. Like others have said, it's really great to see a young fellow getting into fly fishing or any outdoor sport for that matter.

You'd be welcome to share a stretch of stream with me anytime.

Jeff

troutslayer3393
03-04-2009, 06:07 PM
Thank you Jeff, Its kina nice to be able to thread a bead onto a 22 hook with your bare hands.:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: I will enjoy those abilities while I still can:biggrin:

jarrod white
03-04-2009, 06:15 PM
I love the CF boxes also, I just wish they were waterproof.

troutslayer3393
03-04-2009, 06:41 PM
In addition to my materials, I also picked up "less expensive", but still great fly box. I cant remember the name, but its waterproof and has a special midge holder

Plunker
03-04-2009, 11:44 PM
Lee,
I was just about to wish you a happy birthday but you had to go and rub the youth thing in didn't you? :biggrin:

Jeff

Hey Jeffnles...sure tslayer can thread a size 22 with his "young" eyes...but can he put on his waders without having to go wee wee as soon as he gets his wader belt buckled? Oh wait that's me:redface::cool:

Just wait Troutslayer...you have a Prostate too! :biggrin:

Seriously! hope you had a great B'day! make the most of all of them

jeffnles1
03-05-2009, 01:24 PM
Thank you Jeff, Its kina nice to be able to thread a bead onto a 22 hook with your bare hands.:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: I will enjoy those abilities while I still can:biggrin:

Lee,
Enjoy it while you can, my friend! I don't think I really appreciated my youth until that morning I woke up and realized I was no longer young. I believe I came to that realization about 3 days after a hike and noticed things still hurt or, it could have been when I started noticing my arms were getting shorter because I could no longer hold a book far enough away to be able to see the words printed on the pages. Without my bi-focals, all I see now are a bunch of fuzzy black markings on the white page:smile:

One thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that age and treachery will always prevail over youth and enthusiasm...

You see, now that I have to put my magnifying glasses on and hold that #20 BWO in the forecepts while trying to get these shaky hands to thread a 7X tippet through what I assume is an eye in the end of that hook, all that time required allows the trout to settle down from my water buffalo like wading skills and the frothing I made in the water with my casts before the last #20 BWO fell victim to a stream side tree.

There are some benefits to being old.

Oh, by the way, please do write you contact info on your new fly boxes. Even though you can still see those little flies, sooner or later, you will drop the box in the river or leave it sitting beside the stream somewhere. I'd really hate to find your box somewhere and not know it was yours or how to contact you.

I hope you catch a bunch of fish and enjoy your time fishing. Every man is alloted so many days in this life and I am starting to think the ones he spends fishing are not counted among his allotment!

Jeff

PeteCz
03-05-2009, 06:09 PM
You see, now that I have to put my magnifying glasses on and hold that #20 BWO in the foreceps while trying to get these shaky hands to thread a 7X tippet through what I assume is an eye in the end of that hook

Jeff, I found that magnifying glasses no longer helped and I was getting just too shaky. So I finally rigged up my own fly threader. Take one of the C&F Threaders (if you don't own one of their boxes, you can buy the threaders separately) and slowly drill a small hole through the dot and attach it to a zinger. I can't even express how much quicker I am now able to swap flies (especially the ones that I tie that end up with some amount of thread covering the eye...). If I can't run the tippet through a fly after a quick time or two I simply use the threader...

http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk100/PeteCz21/flythreader.jpg

nvr2L8
03-05-2009, 10:11 PM
Happy birthday, Troutslayer!! Hope you had a good one and many more to come, friend.

Pete, Got a neat tip from LRO when I bought a fly threader like in your picture. When you know you're going to fish small flies for the day, thread several on your fly threader before you leave the house and then just pull them off one at a time with your line as you need them. No field threading! Maybe I'm the only one who never thought of that - hope not.

jeffnles1
03-05-2009, 10:23 PM
I always wondered if those threaders worked. It seemed that the wire was so thin they would soon break. Guess I'll have to pick a couple up and give it a try.

So far with the magnifying glasses and holding the fly in the hemo's I haven't had too much trouble, but I can see that day coming.

#20 is about as small as I fish on any regular basis. I tried some 22's but not only were they a pain to tie on, I could only make a guess where the fly actually was on the water.

I can tie a 20 BWO and Griffith gnat (about any reasonable dry pattern) but I don't think I have the manual dextarity to tie anything much smaller.

I will give the threaders a try though.

Jeff

PeteCz
03-05-2009, 10:35 PM
Jeff, the Threaders are on the flimsy side, so you do have to be careful with them. Its best to hold them up around the tip when you are trying to thread the fly. That way you are less shaky and and also less likely to bend the wire.

Charlie, I think there are some instructions to that effect in the C&F box that I have, but I can't remember where I saw it. It is a great feature and a time/eye saver...

onthefly
03-05-2009, 10:43 PM
Happy Birthday!

Pick up a C and F for no other reason than You deserve it ;)

troutslayer3393
03-05-2009, 10:46 PM
I may have Good eyes but I have to admit that I can still stick one or two in a tree every now and then:cool::eek:

Thanks to every body else that wished me a happy B- day. Gosh all I asked for was some info on fly boxes. I didn't expect all of the b day comments:biggrin:
Thanks though, It really did mean a lot :smile:
Lee