C&F 1544 Fly Box
(previously designated 1504)
I have wanted to get a C&F Fly Box for some time. Aside from the high end Wheatleys (or for tenkara anglers, the hand made Setinas) they are pretty much the standard against which other fly boxes are judged.
A lot of thought went into the design of the C&F fly boxes. The micro slit foam really is a better way to hold your flies. The open boxes, like the minimalist fly box I mail flies in, and even Dr. Ishigaki's own box, hold the flies all jumbled together, so you have to pick through a compartment to find what you are looking for (unless of course they are all exactly the same pattern). The standard foam boxes, like the small Morell fly box, get chewed up after a while if you use barbed hooks.
The micro slit foam of the C&F fly box, though, holds each fly securely and never gets chewed up by the barbs. The spaces between the foam rows have room for the hackles so your flies don't get crushed or bent.
There is a huge variety of C&F fly boxes to choose from, and I suppose to some extent having to make the choice also kept me from actually buying one. However, I settled on the C&F 1504 (now called the 1544), which is their 8-row box for larger dry flies and wet flies. It has enough space between the rows to easily accommodate the larger, forward swept hackle of sakasa kebari.
The box itself shows all the attention to detail you would expect from Japanese design (I hadn't known they were made in Japan, but it shows). Rounded corners, a positive latch, a logo so subtle I could barely capture it for the photo, and of course, the innovative slit foam to hold the flies.
For most anglers, that would be sufficient reason to buy the box, and they are indeed popular boxes.
What sealed the deal for me, though, and made me decide to carry them on the site as well as on the stream, was that they fit in the BW Sports Tippet/Fly Pouch. They will also fit in the pouch of the Ebira Plus and the Ebira Guide models (though not in the standard Ebira or Ebira Ito pouches).
I like the BW Sports Tippet/Fly Pouch so much, and enough of my customers have them, that the boxes fitting in the pouch was enough for me to order several. They're now in stock and ready for immediate shipment.
C&F 1544 Eight Row Fly Box - $36
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