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#1 Bamboo

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 07:21 AM

Anybody ever use the Richardson Chest Box or Down's Chest Box? Just curious as to what others think about these as opposed to the traditional vest/fly box option.

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#2 appalachian angler (tn.)

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 11:39 PM

biggrin.gif I just bought a Downs Fly Box and love it! It is the standard 3-tray version, but it holds about any trout fly I might think to use in one trip. I don't Think I would want to use more than the 3 trays at one time because it would get in the way of reaching in my vest pockets. Many seem to think that chest boxes remove the need for a vest. You can have them customized by adding pouches and the like but I still need a vest for other variuos stuff like leaders, tippet, split shot etc. I did go to a shorty, scaled down mesh vest though; now that I don't carry all of those little fly boxes in the pockets anymore rolleyes.gif . The Richardson box is much more handsome, but weighs quite a bit more and has sharper edges. I will probably buy some more trays to hold more flys, so that I can just swap them out to meet the demands of the seasons or different species. I mostly chase trout though cool.gif
A lot of guys wore the Richardson boxes up in PA, and I had wanted one myself but couldn't get over the price tag. The Downs box is very nice for the money and seems to be very rugged. Now that I live in TN. , I don't see anyone wearing chest boxes with the exception of a few FISHPOND set-ups. Hope this helps1

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#3 sandflyx

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 06:26 AM

I have the original downs box with 4 trays. i have used it for close to 20 years. i would buy one again..

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#4 picketpin

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 12:00 PM

Hi guys
Do any of you gentleman have a web site for downs fly boxes?
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#5 Bamboo

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 02:27 PM


Down Chest Boxes can be seen at...

http://www.chestflybox.net/

For those of you that use the Down's boxes, when you remove a tray, does it then function as a standalone flybox? I'm trying to make it convenient to switch between having my pontoon boat and then wading and have been thinking that this box and a lanyard might be a solution.

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#6 picketpin

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 04:23 PM

Bamboo thanks for the web site Cool looking boxes

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