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tacky 1Guest Blogger: Tim Jenkins, Tacky Fly Fishing Co-founder

Tacky Fly Fishing came to be as Ki Aston and I met during research training at the University of Utah. We always enjoyed taking a break from our rigorous daily schedules to talk fly fishing. Over the years, we identified that one of the pieces of equipment we use the most, the fly box, was not on par with the entire fly fishing experience. With all of the advancements in the industry over the years, we often thought there must be a more simple, convenient, yet durable and sleek way to hold all of our flies – particularly since many of us carry hundreds, if not thousands, of dollar’s worth of flies in our packs at any given time.

Because of the pressures of research, our first attempts to create a better fly box did not come quickly but we recruited Ki’s brother Eric (an engineer) to help further the development of the box. We then began to experiment with silicone as the anchoring mechanism in a CNC routed aluminum box. The result was a beautiful product but it cost about $200 to make.

That was when we reatacky 3lized that the silicone was the perfect solution to so many of the problems in the fly box world. We turned our
focus to polycarbonate for the box shell for its strength and other properties. It took a long time to figure out how to make the silicone feasible and, in particular how to adhere the silicone to the polycarbonate box, but over a long period of part-time development we figured out the process. In later stages of development we recruited Shaun Curtis and Spencer Higa to the Tacky team to help in social media, designing future boxes and business expertise. Once our entire team came together we ran a very successful Kickstarter campaign to generate the capital needed to get the company off the ground and we haven’t slowed down since.

As life long fly fishing addicts, the Tacky Fly Fishing team has years of experience on the water in both fresh and salt. We have spent a lot of time thinking about what the perfect fly box would be, and ultimately, the Tacky Fly Box may be just that. The hallmark of the Tacky Fly Box (and the reason for the name) is the use of silicone as opposed to foam. The slits in the silicone hold flies tighter than the foam counterpart, they last longer, and the adhesive utilized in the Tacky Fly Box does not delaminate over time as is often seen in the majority of fly boxes. The silicone itself is an amazing product and it seems that virtually everyone who has seen the box agrees. The Tacky Fly Box was voted as a new product award winner at this year’s IFTD Show in Orlando by many big names in the industry, a prestigious award for anyone, but particularly for such a new company.

tacky 2In addition to the silicone, the box has a very clear lid to enable you to see all of your flies with a light blue mat that provides high contrast to the flies anchored in the box. The box also has offset slits such that you can anchor a long fly and, because of the offset, the row of slots in front of this fly is still available for use. In other boxes, if you’ve anchored a long fly the next row is effectively blocked. Thus, our box is very efficient for its size. You get more flies in less space.  Additionally, so many of the boxes on the market are just far thicker than they need to be. The Tacky Fly Box is thin, and will allow you to fit the most gear in your pack. With this in mind though, the Tacky team also made sure that the box was just big enough to fit virtually any parachute fly without smashing the post. We’re excited about the future of Tacky Fly Fishing, and we’re confident that you’ll be just as excited as you get your hands on a Tacky Fly Box.

Note from J. Stockard: You can purchase your very own Tacky Fly Box @ J. Stockard and we eagerly await the next fly fishing innovation from the Tacky team.


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