If you’re anything like me, you have an extensive collection of flies. Buying enough fly boxes to store all the purchased / tied flies you’ve accumulated over the years can get expensive fast.
I’ve been making my own, very simple to make, very cheap fly boxes for a few years. They’re a good size and hold many flies. They may not have the professional look of commercially purchased boxes, but as you can see in the picture below, they get the job done just fine.
It only takes about 10 minutes to make one of these fly boxes, with a total cost of below $3 a box.
- Box – $0.99 I got a bunch on sale from Micheals.
- Foam – $0.99 For a sheet of foam, I buy the thick stuff, but you can get thinner foam for cheaper.
- Scissors – You should probably have some lying around the house.
- Super Glue – $0.99 for two bottles at the Dollar store, so $0.50 each.
Grand total of $2.48 each plus tax for one of these boxes. Here’s a picture of the materials needed!
Start by pressing down foam down on open face of box.
This will leave an imprint of the size and shape of the box. Cut the foam along these lines to get a piece of foam that fits nicely into the fly box. put some glue near the corners and center of the side of the side of the fly box you are attaching the foam to and press firmly.
Do the same to the other side if you want a double sided fly box and voila! You are done!
Looks good doesn’t it! No need to spend money on expensive store bought fly boxes. For the spin angler, these will hold inline spinners, jigheads, spoons, and pre-rigged plastics as well.
A tip to make the foam last longer is to mash the barbs on your hooks. If you’re using these boxes to store hooks with barbs, the foam is going to get torn up within a seasons use.