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reviewed by Dennis Udlinek
The Fly Vault is unique in many ways compared to conventional designed fly boxes. They are made from clear high
impact polycarbonate plastic. This makes it easy to identify which flies are in the box while the box is still closed. The
Fly Vault is "only" fairly water tight, and it will float if dropped in the lake or stream, but don't take too long in retrieving
it, because in our test they will eventually sink.
The vaults have a bright red or green top to assist in locating when they're
dropped. And the top has a lanyard attachment for fastening the box to a loop on your vest or gear pack. The drawer
or slide of the box is lined with Dual-Lock, a 3M product containing 400 pins per square inch, with tiny mushroomed
shaped heads. It is said that "this systems allows storage of hooks without metal to metal contact, which prevents rusting
and aids in drying the fly".
After testing the vaults floating capabilities, we inadvertently placed one of the boxes back
into our pack without first emptying the water. After several days I removed the vault to find that some of the hooks had
indeed began to rust. That just goes to show you, if it can rust, it will. We don't believe this product was intended to be
filled with water for days, so I think the Dual-Lock system is still a good idea!
The Fly Vault comes in two styles, the "Midge/Nymph Vault" for small low profile no hackle flies, and the "Dry Fly
Vault" for high profile hackle flies. I found both vaults to be fairly adequate for carrying most fly patterns I needed, and I will no
doubt be using them again, and again. Both Fly Vaults come with an unconditional life time warranty.
For more information contact: Spring Creek Outfitters
PO Box 478 Chattaroy, WA 99003
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