First Impression of the Xtreme Fly Boxes
These new Xtreme fly boxes from Fulling Mill have been available for a few weeks now but it’s only now I’ve managed to get my hands on them ‘in the flesh’.
First impressions? In my opinion the boxes have been designed to last, rugged in their construction – built to take the knocks when being taken aboard a boat or skiff. They look and feel like they will handle being dropped or stood on, they will float if accidentally dropped overboard and are apparently going to stay dry even if submerged up to 1m. Like most modern fly boxes, they have a foam sheet insert inside on both sides, with cut slots in the foam to receive the hooks and hold them there.
The small box looks just the job for taking out on a short session with a dozen or so flies from the bank or float tube, being compact enough to store inside a chest or ruck pack. The perfect size for a grab-and-go session.
The Medium size box has bags of room for taking plenty of flies out on a full day session whilst still being comfortable enough to stick in a ruck sack. They are long enough to comfortably store large foot-long tubes which have become very popular in the last couple of years. Critically, they are also deep enough for storing bulky patterns such as deer hair divers and poppers without fear of the materials being crushed when you close the lid.
If, like me, you like to take a seat box out onto the boat for a day session, you can opt for the large version – more than enough room for everything you’re going to need. This would also be my first choice for taking on a destination trip.
Watch this space for a further review once I’ve had the chance to thoroughly field test the boxes.
Written by : Dougie Loughridge Fulling Mill Ambassador