Fishing Goodie Box Of The Month ClubsOver the past few years, there's been a growing trend in internet retail around what I'll call monthly "goodie box" subscriptions. I think most of the subscriptions I first noticed were those for clothing or personal care products, like those from Trunk Club or Birchbox. For those unfamiliar, you essentially receive an assortment of products based on your personal preferences every 30 or so days, like clockwork.
Well, when something works, or at least appears that it works, it isn't long until it trickles down into other areas. Heck, I noticed advertisements for this box of pop-culture geekdom from Lootcrate on my Facebook feed not too long ago.
Fishing, even fly fishing, has not been spared. There are several goodie box providers these days geared toward those that pursue fish, or simply enjoy the outdoors. While I haven't subscribed to any myself, here's a few that I've noticed (and I'm sure I'm missing a few).
Mystery Tackle Box
I think this is the granddaddy of the fishing goodie boxes...it's certainly the one I remember being around the longest. The concept behind Mystery Tackle Box is simple, $15 gets you a box of "mystery" baits or lures each month...for as long as you want to play.
Postfly box is much like Mystery Tackle Box in concept. $15...a monthly delivery. What makes it different is that it is flies, or fly fishing items. You can also sign up for what sort of box you want to receive - geared toward trout, bass, salmon, saltwater, etc... Because getting a box of salmon stuff each month when you live in say Texas probably isn't the best combination. Postfly also has a storefront for things like reels and accessories outside of the monthly subscription eco-system.
Grab Mystery Tackle Box and Postfly Box and squish them together...and you've got Fishing Enthusiast. Slightly more expensive than the others (subscriptions start at $53 for 3 months...roughly $18), you can choose from freshwater lures, saltwater lures, or freshwater flies.
Cairn isn't fishing. Rather it's more "outdoors lifestyle." Think Clif Bars, bug spray, solar chargers, water bottles, stuff like that. At $25 a month, this one probably interests me more than the others, simply because it seems like it would serve up more randomness each month, a true grab bag. That said, as I mentioned, it's not fishing, so if you're not super-outdoorsy, you might end up getting stuff you'd never use.
I'd also be negligent if I didn't state that these goodie boxes are also marketed as ideal gift giving vehicles, so if you've got a fisherperson in your family that you just don't know what to get them for a birthday (or other holiday), perhaps this is an ideal option.
In the end, maybe these goodie boxes are for you, maybe they're not. The compelling thing to me is simply the anticipation of not knowing what you're going to get. The childhood "Christmas Morning" phenomenon delivered to your door monthly. Here's hoping these boxes contain more GI Joes & Transformers and less socks & underwear.
Did I miss a fishing club you're fond of?
I'd love it if you'd post it in the comments below...