Buying a Fly Book
The thing to remember when selecting a fly-book for stream use is that sooner or later, probably sooner, it is sure to get thoroughly wet, not only once but several times. It follows that only a well-made book, something a little better than one made of imitation leather and glue, will stand the racket. Its capacity should be at least four dozen flies. A very good book, strong and well-made, is one furnished with celluloid leaves, transparent pockets, and with end-clips and spiral spring center-bar to hold the flies. Such a book will cost about $3.50.
For carrying eyed-flies metal boxes are best used. Some of the boxes are made with metal clips to hold the flies, and others are lined with cork. A good little box (just for an experiment to see how you like eyed-flies) holding fifty flies on clips, costs 75 cents. Better ones range up to $2.50 or $3.00.
Small cedar boxes may be had for keeping flies mothproof during the close season. Do not forget that artificial flies at one-fifty the dozen form a staple article of diet for moths. At the end of the season take out all the flies from the fly-book and put them either in a cedar box such as mentioned or in an air-tight glass jar — and even then it is better to look them over once in a while.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print
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