Feb 20, 2012

Umpqua UPG Fly Boxes

Flies for fly fishermen are often sharp, delicate, sentimental, expensive, and difficult to locate while fishing. If we just plopped them all in a vest pocket, they would all get lost in a giant, ruffed up ball of feathers and hooks. Not good for the flies, not good for us – heck, we’d likely get stabbed in the process. Well as long as there have been flies, there have been fly boxes. Some are fancy, some – not so much, but they all share one thing in common. They create a home for your bug collection.

Sometimes a bug needs to rush out of the house. Sometimes a bug needs to race back to their bunk. When they are home- they should feel secure, protected. Flies like to be in fine, presentable shape when duty calls. They don’t like to be too crowded. They need a little breathing room but that said, they like to hang out with their own kind. The place should have some sort of insurance policy protecting against flood or other natural disasters. Flies are your friends. They are there to please you, but they do demand some level of respect.
Don’t disrespect your flies. Get a nice house for your bugs. And once you do, create a happy home for your bugs! I’ll go out on a limb here and just say it: “You will catch more fish,” (I firmly believe this.)

Umpqua, long time provider of flies for fly anglers, also offers fly boxes. I guess that is comforting - it’s not like Umpqua is lawn mower manufacturer that happens to claim they know a thing or two about fly preferences. They are pretty darn nice, and they deserve a gander. The Umpqua UPG Fly Box comes in many different styles to meet your needs (and your flies’ needs). While they all share common attributes, they do come in different sizes and colors.

Here’s what I like about them:

- They all have two locking compartments (top and bottom) so as to increase comfortable fly capacity.

-Easy to open and close

-They are waterproof (even when submerged in the river)

-They are durable (drop them and see).

-See- through, plastic walls for easy fly location

-Flies fit nicely into small grooves, so as not to tear up the interior and leave residue on the hook.

-No abrupt, sharp edges

I particularly like the magnets that are included in the UPG Midge and UPG Day Tripper models. When finished with a fly, you need only drop it somewhere near the magnet for easy storage so that you can quickly seek out the next pattern.

UPG FLY BOXES - check them out

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