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Tacky Fly Boxes

I first heard of Tacky Fly Boxes in late 2014 when they launched a Kickstarter campaign to get their new business up and running. It's up and running now, though, and from the look of their fly boxes I'd say it's running on all cylinders.

After that first look a year ago I have to admit they kind of fell off my radar. I carry a number of other fly boxes - both in the store and on the stream - and there's lots of boxes I don't carry.

Then I got an email from John Vetterli of the Tenkara Guides in Salt Lake City. Over the years, I have come to trust his views. What he had to say about the Tacky Fly Boxes was: "Have you checked out the Tacky Fly Boxes yet? I have been field testing the new smaller size box and it is fantastic. Perfect for tiny flies. The silicone insert does not develop memory deformation like the slit foam boxes."

That was good enough for me. I contacted Tacky Fly Fishing, got their dealer packet and became a new Tacky dealer. I must say, everything about the company was impressive, from their website to their dealer packet to the phone and email interactions I've had with the company.

If anything, that feeling was increased by actually seeing the boxes.

I decided to carry both the Tacky Original and the smaller Tacky Day Pack, although I suspect the Day Pack will be more popular among tenkara anglers. It is their smaller box, yet it still holds 180 flies. You hear a lot about "one-fly" anglers, but neither you nor I have ever heard of a 181 fly angler! 

The Tacky Day Pack is actually a little bigger than I had expected at a full 5 inches long.  Still, it fits in the BW Sports Tippet Fly Pouch, which is pretty much how I decide if a fly box is the right size. If you wear one of those long sleeve fishing shirts, the Day Pack will fit in the pocket, and you can still button the flap so it won't fall out when you bend over to unhook a fish.

The Tacky Original box is a bit big for the Tippet/Fly pouch, and it won't fit in a shirt pocket, but a lot of tenkara anglers do wear fishing vests. For some reason, tenkara has become associated with no-vest minimalism here in the US, but a few Japanese anglers (Dr. Ishigaki, Tenkara no Oni, Hiromichi Fuji, Yoshikazu Fujioka - basically most of the guys you've ever heard of) actually do wear vests. If you wear a vest, the Original box fits beautifully.

Tacky Fly Boxes - Features

Durable Polycarbonate construction
Clear lid for visibility
Blue background for contrast
Slit silicone material hold flies tightly
Magnetic closure
Day Pack has double lanyard loops
Original - 7" X 3.5" X .75", 5.4 oz
Day Pack - 5" X 3" X .75", 3.1 oz

Tacky Day Pack - $20
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Tacky Original - $25
Out of stock


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