Fly Boxes

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First, get a durable fly box that accommodates the size of the flies you’re organizing. Then, choose a method of organization that works best for you. Anglers sort and store their flies in several different ways:

  • By imitation, grouping the flies by name based on what they imitate. For example, all your Clouser Minnows would be on a row, followed by other minnow patterns. Some anglers also organize their boxes this way by insect stages, so same-name nymphs would go together, then emergers, then adults. 
  • By season and water type, separating your flies into saltwater and freshwater conditions in summer, fall, winter, and spring. This method is great if you fish specific areas or during certain times of the year. It’s easy to grab your spring creek box or your winter tailwater box and go.
  • By pattern type, keeping your flies together in the four main categories: attractor patterns, impressionistic patterns, prospecting patterns, and imitative. This organization method seems to work well if you like to have one or two flies but in hundreds of different patterns.
  • By fly type, separating your box into sections for wet flies, dry flies, nymphs, streamers, and emergers (and any subcategory). Some fly fishers like to have fly boxes dedicated to one type of fly per box, so all their nymphs are organized in one box and so forth.
  • By target species, sorting your flies into separate fly boxes for trout, bass, tarpon, bonefish, etc., with their respective flies organized inside.

Choose a fly box based on your flies and how you’ll use the box. Some anglers prefer the convenience of a lightweight, streamlined box with foam flip pages while others prefer a flip-top fly box with compartments. We also offer fly boxes for specific types of flies, so get a streamer box or dropper rig box for those situations instead of forcing them into a regular wet or dry fly box.

Store your large saltwater flies or streamers in a large Cliff’s Bugger Beast fly box. Large flies also fit in our large-sized Cliff fly box.

If you’re just starting out fly fishing, look for a durable, waterproof fly box that floats. Make sure the fly box you choose closes securely and reliably, and is constructed from materials that won’t break down easily. If you’re as passionate about the sport as we are, you may want to invest in a handcrafted artisan wooden fly box to honor fly fishing’s history. Orvis stands by the quality of each fly box we offer, and you’ll find the best fly boxes available in this collection.

Innovative Fishing Fly Boxes

Orvis offers the best fly boxes to organize your collection. Browse fly boxes made in rugged double-sided foam and even elegant wood to find the best option. Whether you prefer to store your fishing flies in a classic fly box or go minimal with a pocket fly box, you’ll find the perfect companion to protect your freshwater and saltwater flies. Our larger, double-sided fly boxes are great for organizing big baitfish patterns and streamers. Smaller, more compact boxes offer ideal space for keeping your nymphs and dry flies safe and protected against moisture. These fly boxes also come with multiple sleeves so you can store a variety of fly patterns in a single, lightweight fly box. Any of our fly boxes also makes an excellent gift for the anglers on your list; our selection includes styles for saltwater and freshwater enthusiasts.