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Tacky Dry Fly Box

Our Mission
At Tacky Fly Fishing, we’ve set out to create innovative, meaningful products for fly fishers, designed by fly fishers. Our first fly box uniquely anchors your flies so that you can have the best access to the flies when you need them, and we are building out an entire line of boxes with the same concept in mind. We strive to help fly fishers enjoy their experience on the river by allowing them to focus on chasing fish rather than fussing with out of date equipment.

Problems with the Current Boxes on the Market
As avid fly fishermen and guides we have long recognized the limitations of currently available boxes for holding flies. We have spent a lot of time identifying solutions to those limitations so that you can spend less time thinking about your flies and more time finding fish. The most widely used boxes utilize a thin sheet of foam with slits to hold flies. This works fine when the boxes are new, but these sheets are readily susceptible to wear and tear, and the adhesives used to secure the foam sheets to the boxes are prone to de-lamination in extreme temperatures (such as in your car during Summer months). The foam slits also develop memory when flies have been placed for an extended period.

Finding the Solution
Knowing the limitations and issues with the current boxes in the market, we set out to find a solution. We tested many different materials and a number of different formats to address these problems. After numerous design variations in the inserts over the past two years including variations in materials, dimensions, and cutout formats, we finally identified this patent pending system that utilizes a similar slit-based mechanism using a far superior material that will ensure excellent functionality and a lifetime of fly-boxing bliss now for bigger flies!

Why the 'Tacky' Fly Box?
We tested many different systems for fly retention. The earliest versions utilized slits in thin plastic sheets that overlayed super-strong rare-earth magnets. While this system worked quite well, the box was heavy and the system was cost-prohibitive. Next we tested many different rubber compounds such as natural rubber, neoprene, and silicone. We settled on silicone for a number of reasons including its versatility and its excellent properties in extreme temperatures. We have designed a fly box insert utilizing inherently sticky, or “Tacky,” silicone sheets that anchor the flies extremely effectively. We have exhaustively tested multiple thicknesses and durometers of silicone to identify the optimum scenario for holding a fly. Through the testing process we also learned that silicone is by nature a non-stick material, so some adhesives are not suited to adhering a silicone rubber to the inside of a plastic box. Fortunately, the adhesive experts at 3M have developed a series of adhesives specifically designed to adhere to silicone.

Our Final Material Conclusion

After all our research and development, we decided that most fly boxes are plastic for a reason- plastic is light, inexpensive, and versatile. The Tacky Fly Box will be constructed of polycarbonate (the same plastic used in the lenses of most sunglasses) because it is extremely durable and shatter resistant. We have identified the ideal box size for the typical fly fisher’s pack. The box is approximately 7″ x 3.5″ x 3/4″ thick and holds 168 Flies. We designed the box with a magnetic closure system to avoid the latch closure mechanism that is prone to damage and failure.

The Tacky Fly Box
The award winning Dry Fly Box is designed with hackle and tails in mind. Most boxes smash any hackle when anchoring a fly, but with our patent pending 3D mat design that’s no longer an issue.

  • Clear lid for visible access to flies
  • Latch-less magnetic closure system
  • Long lasting durability
  • Durability tested
  • Extremely durable polycarbonate box
  • Lanyard hook system
  • Hinge stop
  • But there are so many things that really set this box apart from any other big box on the market...

  • 3D mat designed with all the right empty space
  • Hackes & Downward facing tails
  • Same Tacky blue silicone for high contrast
  • Off set slit design holds 199 flies
  • Dry Fly Box dimensions will be approximately 7″ x 3.5″ x 1.125“ - 6 oz, Holds up to 199 flies

    Dry Fly has the same dimensions as the Big Bug Box.
  • Tacky Dry Fly Box