Coming to a Easter Basket Near You.

9 Apr

Ever look at a Cliff fly box? Nice Right?? Ever try to make your own for 1/10th the price……..Here’s how.

1) Look in the Sunday paper or online to find a coupon for you local Craft store. (I got 40% off my total purchase= 36$ total investment for 2 XL and 1 Large boxes completely finished).
2) Supplies: ArtBin Case (size of choice), 8 pages of foam (color of choice), 1 can of 3m spray, 1 can spray paint primer, 1 can spray paint color of choice, 1 Razor blade pen, a ruler, scissors, and ink pin (beer not required).

3) Remove locks and spray on primer (2 coats).
4) While waiting for primer to dry (the primer doesn’t take long to dry) Size foam by pressing a piece of foam on the raised edge (see the picture above of the raised edge).  Then use a pen to outline  and cut to match size. It takes 8 total pieces, 4 on each side to properly seat a fly, especially a large fly.

5) Spray on color of choice and let dry 24 hrs sun bake if possible.

6)  Put in oven for 7 minutes at 170 degrees until golden brown.

7) Mount foam (this was the toughest part) make sure you have something heavy to place on the foam to hold it down for a while to let the 3m stick.  The trick with putting the 4 foam pieces together is to go ahead and cut the slots prior to putting the foam together.  Then hold the slotted foam and spray on 3m and then stick it to the un-slotted foam that way when you put the flies in they won’t stick to the 3m spray (I learn this the hard way).

You can also make yourself and generic CFS box or hook holding box for fly tying.


11 Responses to “Coming to a Easter Basket Near You.”

  1. flyfishbkoz April 9, 2011 at 9:04 PM #

    very nice~ and I have the time & the Craft store to do it. Thank you for the clever post~
    Tight Lines,
    •`•..•´•`•.¸. , . .•´•`•¸. , . .>

  2. Matt April 11, 2011 at 11:28 AM #

    I’d love to see a cheap source for the boxes used in the “Cliffs Days Worth”. I’ve got one that I love, and would love about 4 more.

    • MurphyK April 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM #

      the days worth would be ok to make if you could find a box to suite you….the super days worth would be hard to make.

  3. Fisheads April 23, 2011 at 3:12 PM #

    NICE ! what we are all about..conservation…even if it is of one’s own dough..great tip !

    • MurphyK April 23, 2011 at 10:38 PM #

      Did a cliff like fly holder for a car visor with a magnet section fir smaller flies that turned out well also that I’ll post up sometime.

      • flycurious June 8, 2011 at 10:29 AM #

        I LOVE this. Could I please post this on my blog. Bent Rod Media would be properly cited of course.

        Keep it up!

  4. Clay Sanders August 10, 2011 at 12:05 PM #

    Murph, I wish I’d seen this when you posted it! I made some of my own but I could only find flimsy bins at the art store. Oh and the real kicker is I looked up the bin you recommended and found it at half the price I paid for much smaller ones.

  5. Pick a fly November 25, 2011 at 4:30 PM #

    Heineken…. makes you do wonder

  6. Scott September 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM #

    Great idea, just built two. Couldn’t find anything large enough to store the musky flies in for a reasonable price. Did build two a little smaller than yours, but as deep. $18 for the two of them and enough foam left over for a few more. Thanks for sharing.

    • CharlieMurphy September 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM #

      Use children’s floor foam. And liquid nails. The heat will a use the foam to pull away.


    • CharlieMurphy September 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM #

      Paint boxes from the inside using a sharpie is another tip


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