What's special about the Greys GS fly box?
The Greys GS fly box is small and compact and has lots of room for flies, thanks to a hinged leaf in the middle which holds your patterns on both sides.
It's lightweight and small enough to keep in your pocket, but is also extremely capacious and holds all the flies you'll need for a day of fishing.
How are the flies held in place?
Like the vast majority of fly boxes on the market, these use grey slotted foam with cut-outs to protect dry fly hackles and allow bulkier patterns to slot in without getting too squashed.
With time, this slotted foam stuff gets progressively weaker and can lose its grip on flies, so some manufacturers are now switching towards slotted silicone inserts instead, but the Greys GS fly boxes pre-date that technology. Slotted foam works well enough, though.
How big are they and how many flies do they hold?
There are two models in the Greys GS fly box range - a large one which holds over 450 flies and a medium one which holds 396. The medium one is the one we went for as it's extremely voluminous and packs loads of flies into a neat compact space, easily fitting inside the average jacket pocket.
|Medium||13 x 9 x 3.2cm||396 flies|
|Large||19.5 x 11 x 4.5cm||450+ flies|
How much are they?
The medium model sells for around £7.99, while the large one costs £11.99. This is fairly typical for a fly box and quite competitive for fly boxes given the capacity.
Are they strong?
The ABS plastic used seems very robust and has held up well to weekly use. However, the hinge which holds the two sides and the loose leaf together consists of a loose metal pin, seemingly with no retaining clip.
On both of George's Greys GS fly boxes the retaining pin has fallen out and into the undergrowth, never to be seen again, ruining two otherwise perfectly functional fly boxes...
Seeing as you can't really use a fly box when it stops being a box, they've had to be retired from use. I've never had a fly box with such a short lifespan and I probably own about 20!
I've got other fly boxes that have lasted many years, and will undoubtedly last many more, so for two to fall apart in a matter of months isn't very impressive.
Would you buy another?
The fact that two of these have broken as a result of the same issue within months would imply there's a design fault, so I won't be buying another one. Disappointingly, a message to Greys Customer Services to see if they had any replacement pins didn't get any further than the automatic acknowledgement of its receipt...
Which alternative do you recommend?
I have a few Fulling Mill Silicone Fly Boxes and think they're great.
They may not hold as many flies, but they're decent quality and stand-up much better to everyday use than the Greys GS fly box, so I'd be inclined to try one of these instead.