Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Place for the big stuff

Last fall I started fishing big articulated streamers and had some encouraging results so this winter I've been tying some large articulated streamers for some of the larger streams I fish spring through the fall.

Breathing room for everybody - some articulated ice picks, barely legals, some articulated muddlers,
and a few Kelly Gallop streamers

The only problem was that I needed a box that I could keep them in that had enough room to store them.  These streamers have a pair of large hooks so a box with slotted foam was a must.  There are a few boxes out there made for these large flies but they can be a bit expensive but Ryan over at Risen Fly offers a "briefcase box" that fits the need for $25/box.  If you are into fishing large streamers I would definitely recommend this box.  If you are interested in getting one of these boxes don't forget to use the discount code for fishingsmallstreams followers ("smallstream")

The briefcase box from Risen fly

15 comments:

  1. That is better than what I do for big articulated flies: a plastic Plano box the size of the rest of my boxes combined!

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    1. RML - not too big, not too small, just right!

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  2. Very nice, Mark! Wanna venture out at night sometime this season?

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    1. Ben - you don't even need to ask! Big flies, big fish, cover of darkness...sounds like an adventure to me!

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  3. That's quite an assortment of meat on display. My arm is sore just looking at them.
    How long does it take to tie one of those?

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  4. Brk Trt - I fish these on a 9ft 7 wt bank robber streamer rod. It is very physical fishing as you can imagine. Some are more involved than others to tie but 10-15min sounds about right. If you are going to tie a few of the same one you can tie a bunch of the "rears", set them aside, then do the articulation and front in a batch. Guess who turned me on to these things? You guessed it...Pete

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  5. They look great Mark, do you fish them on a floater or sinking line?

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    1. Both floating and sinking depending the depth of the water I am fishing, time of year, and water temp.

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  6. They work real well. I use a 9 foot, 6 weight Bank Robber and carry extra spools with floating, full sinking and sink tip lines, to cover all different conditions.

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    1. Pete - this is a great box for holding those big streamers!

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  7. Nice to see you posting some bigger stuff in here. I love everything you post from fishing, flies etc. But you caught my eye with this one. Fish them dogs hard. If you get into the big stuff, I'd strongly suggest an 8 weight over the 6 or 7. It will make a much easier day on your arm and it can handle the "Meat" so to speak.

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    1. Rich - thanks for your comment! I have been watching a lot of your videos on tying these things and have found them very helpful. Keep up the good work! For me they are one more tool in the toolbox, I will always love fishing dries and classic wets but it pays to be versatile and flexible.

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    2. Mark,
      I hear you loud and clear my friend. I still enjoy chasing heads looking for that standout fish rising to bugs, dredging nymphs or fishing wets too. Everybody thinks that all I do is throw big meaty streamers. Although it is by far my favorite, I still take part in the delicate side of things too. I just don't do it as much anymore. I am glad to hear the videos help, I apologize for not keeping up on them though, time management these days is my #1 priority. Be well and have fun out there.

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  8. Mark
    I need to take a look at this box. I have most of my streamers in a small box where they are squeeze tight together, needless to say I need a bigger box. thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - Some of the longer streamers in there are almost 6 inches long so that will give you some perspective on the size of the box. Well made and a good price

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