In the past, I've used this blog (believe it or not) to get "media" credentials for the show, but I wasn't able to attend this year. The timing just didn't work out with my real job, which is a shame because this is the last year the show will be in Orlando. (It's returning west to Denver in 2019).
Of all the videos I watched, pictures I looked at, and posts I read, the one item that really caught my interest was the new waterproof Tacky Flydrophobic SD fly box. See, I'm a Tacky fly box junkie. I supported their initial Kickstarter way back when, and have religiously used one of their products (if not multiples) on each and every one of my fishing trips since. For something generally so overlooked as a fly box from the "tech" standpoint, that silicone insert was really quite the innovation.
If the print in that image is a little too small to read what's going on, this video from Field & Stream's Joe Cermele probably does the best job in explaining it.
So that's a pretty slick concept that solves the "wet fly" problem in which other waterproof fly boxes suffer. Depending on your level of disposable income, it may be a bit pricey, but I will say that I've never been let down by a Tacky box in the past.
I'll probably snag one of these when they hit stores... because I'm a sucker for cool stuff like this. Especially when it has a brook trout pattern on the lid. Ha!
Hey Mike I love the "new" old header.ReplyDelete
Anything brook trout should be purchased....
Ha, thanks Alan. Everything old eventually comes back into style, right?Delete
I'm on the same side of the fence as you are when it comes to brook trout.
I make my own minimalistic fly boxes from used Altoids tins. I stick rare earth magnets, to the base with pre-adhesived (peel and stick) magnets from Walmart. Drying is no problem since the lid is not airtight or water tight, for that matter. Very thin and light, fits easily in my shirt pocket. I have a tweezer on a zinger, to pick out the flys (size 14 - 18). Easily holds at least a dozen flys. Works for me.ReplyDelete
Cool. I'm a fan of the mint-tin fly box as well. They're extremely handy and easy to obtain. Plus a certain satisfaction on the DIY front. The Tacky boxes certainly would to the "gearhead" crowd.Delete
I'd be curious to see someone test that Tacky fly box to see how well it actually dries flies. My concern would be that it might not dry fast enough to prevent rust. Also, what about the tip points that are trapped in the foam? Without good exposure to air, will they rust?ReplyDelete
Only time shall tell. I'd be curious to know as well. I'm sure they did some level of testing on this before bringing it to market, but I guess the anglers will be the ultimate judge.Delete