Just because you’re fly fishing doesn’t mean every presentation you make needs to be delicate or subtle. Sometimes you have to chuck big, nasty streamers to target and catch the largest fish in the river.
The problem is, toting heavy-duty streamers can be a bit cumbersome. Luckily, there are fly boxes made specifically for the task. And in this article, we provide a quick review of some of the best fly boxes for streamers and other big flies currently available.
Below I’m going to talk about the streamer fly box system I use. It boils down to a couple fly Boxes. One is a WAREHOUSE to store all your streamers for this I RECOMMEND the CLIFF BUGGER BEAST (Amazon link to check the current price) The second box in the system is the one you’ll be carrying with you wading. For this streamer box I RECOMMEND the value packed SALMON FLY BOX (link to Amazon- I haven’t found this one in shops)
Guide Tip: It seems like once you get to “know” a river, you’re able to build a fly box that works best. I usually take a look at my stash of flies in the fall to figure out what I’ll tie over the winter and then organize my flies and boxes in the spring. Having a warehouse of flies in either a big box or in one of those “organizer” boxes has work great for me.
The Two Box System for Streamers
Because streamers are so big you usually have to resort to a two box system. One boxes becomes your warehouse, it stores your full inventory of flies. This is where the Cliff Beast fly box really shines. It’s huge measuring 13.5″ wide by 9″ tall by 3″ deep, this box has the capacity to hold over 8 dozen streamers. The picture below shows the size difference between the “Beast” and the “Beast Jr” Both of these streamer boxes are what is considered a Boat Fly Box. Meaning the intent isn’t to carry while wading, but If you’ve got three dozen flies (which isn’t many) You’ll need some place to store them. So if your in the market to get a bigger box to store a bunch of flies you can go wrong with the Cliff Bugger Beast.
The next box in the system is your “wading box”, this is the fly box that you’ll transfer flies from the warehouse box into. I’ve found that the key is to get a box that has enough height not to smush your streamers. New Phase Fly Box <- Amazon link (last time I checked around $15 Works perfect for this measuring 4.75″ wide by 7.5″ long and just under 2″ deep. It does not have a swing leaf in the middle which further increases the height inside the box.
I’ve used these styles of fly boxes for years. The seal isn’t waterproof, but it does slow the water down a little.
Tacky Big Bug Fly Box
When Tacky launched their Original fly box, many anglers quickly adopted the new slit-silicone technology due to its extreme durability, strong hook grip, and overall ease of use. Eventually, Tacky expanded their product line to include a big-fly-friendly fly box the Big Bug Box.
While it doesn’t have as large of a capacity as some of the other streamer boxes on the market, if you frequently fish flies bigger than size 2, this box is a must-have.
If you’d like to check out the prices here’s an AMAZON link to TACKY BIG BUG BOX.The cool thing I like about this fly box is magnetic closure in the corners.
Guide Tip: Streamers will absorb a lot of water. When you’re done fishing for the day, open you’re fly box and place it on the dash of your car to get sun. Pull the wet flies out to dry as well. Rusty hook are dull and can easily break.
Umpqua Streamer Box
Using a more traditional slit-foam fly anchor system, the Umpqua Streamer Box is a flip-panel box designed specifically for large flies. Made of extremely durable plastic, it’ll take drops, crashes into rocks, and any other abuse you might subject it to. Plus, the clear plastic allows you to see your flies inside so you can keep the box closed when deciding what to tie on next.
The Umpqua Streamer Box is another boat box that has a handle. Smaller capacity when compared to the Cliff Beast though. It ?has two different height lids to save space and help organize those big bugs.
As one of the most iconic big fly boxes around, the bright yellow Cliff Beast is the preferred fly box of hardcore anglers dedicated to all things meaty. Other than having a huge capacity for large fly storage, the highlight of the Beast is definitely its high-density closed-cell foam that’s significantly more durable than the foam used in most fly boxes.
Keep in mind that due to its size, the Cliff Beast is best used as a boat box. However, the Cliff Beast Jr., being slightly smaller, is a more pack-friendly size.
Cliff Bugger Barn
The Bugger Barn is the scaled-down version of the Cliff Beast and can easily be tucked into a pack or vest. It has the same extra-durable blue foam and has a casing made of tough plastic. With plenty of headroom and long slits in the foam, this box is ideal for storing long streamers and accommodates articulated flies with multiple hooks no sweat. This is another great alternative for a carrying while wading.? The Cliff brand has been around a long time and it’s even made in Casper Wyoming.
The CLIFF BUGGER BARN – Link to AMAZON is a great value, it does have a little less capacity, but will still hold flies for most outings.
River Traditions Streamer Fly Box
I sell fly boxes, thousands of fly boxes. Mostly personalized boxes though, they make cherished mementos given as gifts and used by fly fishing clubs. The box is smaller, but will hold streamers. I can laser etch a name or memorable quote. Check out my little webstore at River Traditions
Another great option for hauling big flies to and from the river is the River Traditions Streamer Fly Box. As a double-sided box, this thing holds a ton of big flies and with clear plastic lids, you can see everything inside without opening.
Adding an extra degree of security, the Streamer Box has a full perimeter gasket creating a watertight seal to keep your flies nice and dry before you send them swimming. Like the Cliff Beast, the River Traditions Streamer Box is quite large and better suited for drift boat trips.
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- Learn about fly boxes HERE and how to organize your flies in your box HERE
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- How to Fly Fish for Brook Trout – Find the cleanest, coldest, most beautiful streams and I’ll bet Brookes are present.
- How to Nymph Fish – Step by Step details for setting up, presenting and catching trout with nymphs.
- How to Fly Fish for Salmon – Image hooking into a +25 pound King Salmon in a river and your Fly Rod breaks! Seriously this happened to me on my first trip.