What's special about the Clear Silicone Box?
The Fulling Mill Clear Silicone Box is really just a modified version of its existing Tactical Slimline Box. It features the same clear hard plastic case with sturdy hinge and the same layout of slots.
The difference is that the Tactical Slimline Box uses the usual grey foam, while the Clear Silicone Box uses a firm green insert, rather like the one in the Tacky Fly Box.
What sizes are available?
Fulling Mill makes these fly boxes in two sizes. The large model measures 19cm x 11cm x 1.9cm and holds 168 flies, while the small one measures 11cm x 8.5cm x 1.9cm and holds 77 flies.
I've got a few of the large ones and have filled them with nymphs, buzzers and dries and they work really well.
How do they compare to the Tacky Fly Box?
These are brilliant little fly boxes - just like the Tacky Fly Boxes. They hold lots of flies and grip them tightly, even when they're fairly small. Both boxes, in my experience, are less suited to bigger, fluffier flies which can easily become dislodged, but they're great for smaller flies.
Are there any downsides?
Like the Tacky Fly Box, the Fulling Mill Clear Silicone Box also scratches rather easily. After a single session sitting in my sling pack, my two fly boxes look like they've had a scuffle with some sandpaper.
They're also a little trickier to open than the Tacky Fly Box, especially if you have cold hands. Indeed, George (8) can't open his at all without assistance.
However, the really positive aspect is that while the Tacky Fly Box will set you back almost twenty quid, the Fulling Mill version costs only £8.50.
Given the choice of the two fly boxes, I really can't see any reason why you'd pay more than twice the price for the Tacky Fly Box, as good as they are, because these are easily comparable and far less expensive.
Highly recommended if you want a sturdy, slimline fly box that's built to last.
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