Big Box Storage for Fly Fishing Tackle

Big Box Storage for Fly Fishing Tackle

I have converted my old Shakespeare seat box for boat fishing, but I have to empty the box every time I need a different piece of tackle. Any advice on a better set-up to make everything accessible would be appreciated.
John Gilchrist

Robbie Winram replies: I know exactly what you mean! With one large cavernous cargo space the temptation is to throw everything in and then you can’t find anything.

I didn’t want to permanently divide my box as this would cut down its versatility, so I went down the route of grouping my various tackle items and storing them together in smaller boxes. For example, all my smaller fly fishing tackle fly boxes, leader materials, sinkants, greasants, small accessories and spare reels are housed in two waterproof food storage container measuring 10 x 7 x 5.5 inches. These two containers fit neatly in the bottom of the Shakespeare box.

There is room down the front of these to slide two Tuff file boxes (which I have converted into fly boxes) and another two go on top of the food storage containers. Then there’s still room to fit in various C&F fly boxes. Any loose fishing tackle items (tippets, rod licence, lens cleaner and cloths, small towel) go into Fishpond Eagle’s Nest travel pouches.

Finally, I have a Stanley professional organiser box (16 x 12.5 x 4 inches), available from DIY stores. It comes with 10 removable compartments that can be utilised for various items, including spools. On competition days I take these individual compartments out completely, leaving me the whole space in which to store all my spare spools (it will take 28 7/8wt cassette spools). The beauty of the Stanley box is it sits perfectly inside the Shakespeare box, on top of everything else, and has a clear lid so you can clearly see the contents. It can also be used outside the main box and although not watertight, it is waterproof so can sit out in all weathers. I’ve also converted the lid of the box by lining it with ethafoam and using it as a huge fly patch.

Reprinted with permission of Trout Fisherman magazine.