February 24, 2015

Fly Tying Case

I was recently reading a thread on the Tenkara-Fisher.com forum regarding fly tying cases. I've never had one, as my tying table is in a specific room and always set up. But I have need for a tying case at my cabin. There I don't need many materials so I've always just put the stuff in a plastic container with a snap on lid.

I was drooling over the custom made fly cases that are seen on the Internet, but I was also discouraged by their prices. But just the other day I went with my wife to Cosco and saw an item that I thought would be perfect for my needs.

The item was a Trinity Wood Tool Chest. It is a tool chest that has the following features:

• Front cover pulls down & stows away
• 8 Removable drawers
• Felt lined interior
• Nickel plated hardware
• Silicone feet

The dimensions are: 20.9″ W x 10.5″ D x 13.7″ H | 53 cm W x 26.67 cm D x 34.8 cm H

The best part, was that although it normally runs $99.99 USD, it was on sale for $69.99 USD. I bought one. It appears well built. The latch hardware is tight and fits together perfectly. Each corner has a protective metal cover and the bottom has 4 silicone feet. The wood joints are tight and the felt liners in the drawers are nicely executed. There are two handles for carrying; one on each side. The front of the box becomes a flat working space, or tying vise backdrop, and has stamped on rulers in both inches and centimeters.

Front and side

Back and side

Top Compartment

The front becomes a fold down work space with stamped on rulers

Close-up of stamped on rulers

Some of the drawers opened

I took the chest to the cabin the other day and loaded it with my fly tying stuff that was there. Everything fit perfectly and I even had some room to spare. It's pretty slick!

Loaded with my stuff. The right amount of room and not too big.

So, I think I found a bargain when it comes to a non-custom made fly tying case. Sure, it's not perfect, but for the price I'm lovin' it!


  1. It is cool to use a tool chest to store the fly tying stuff, especially when it is a nice one. That is probably something I should buy as I am pretty messy with on fly tying table.

  2. WOW, that is a really nice case for the price! I've always wanted the one Orvis sells but it's pretty expensive: http://www.orvis.com/p/gerstner-american-red-oak-chest/1z24 This case would be a great alternative.

  3. Only thing is I wish it had a handle on the center of the lid so you could carry it with one hand.

    1. I agree. I'm going to put on on the top of mine.