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Free Fly Tins
By Steven H. McGarthwaite


Yes, the title of Tying Tips is true, the fly tins are free. Just that to turn them into fly tins, requires some other components. The tins are free! You may have to buy the articles inside the tin, but you bought the tin, for the articles inside, not for the tin. (Am I a spin-doctor, or what?)

I am a fugal Minnesotan, fugal is a nice way of saying cheap. It is said that when a Minnesotan goes on vacation, they put on a new pair of jeans placing a $20 bill in the back pocket, and don't change either one the whole time they are on vacation.

I have lots of flies, and need lots of fly boxes, and I am too frugal to be wasting my money on something I can get for nothing. So I make my own fly tins to store my flies. They fit in my pockets at stream-side, and they are wonderful.

Materials Needed

possible tins to use

    Mint Tin (example: Callard & Bowser Altoids)

    Large Cardboard Box

    Stiff Paper/Thin Cardboard Sheets

    Roll of Masking Tape.

    Roll of Wide Gap Foam Weather Strip (example: 1/4 inch wide, 3/16 inch thick, 17 feet length costs $1.39)

    Cans of Enamel Spray Paint (Various Colors)

Assembly Steps

    1. Set Large Cardboard Box on its side, you will be using this as a spraying painting booth, to eliminate any over-spray.

    2. Using Masking Tape, cover the sides and bottom of the lower half of the tin. Place the tin on the Stiff Paper/Thin Cardboard inside the spray painting booth. (You're just spraying the lid).

    3. Shake can of Enamel Spray Paint, until it is thourghly mixed, and lightly spray the mint tin. You only want to lightly spray, rotating the tin to cover all side of the top half, with a fine covering. Wait until the paint dries, and repeat spraying until you have a finished surface.

    4. Remove Masking Tape, and open Mint Tin. Wipe the interior of the tin until it is clean. Cut sections of Foam Weather Strip, to fit inside of tin. Placement at your discretion.

    Foam strips hold flies

You now have a Free Fly Tin. There are many ways to use them, you can write on them and/or color code the lids at your discretion as to the type of flies. You can mark them with a Permanent Marker as to the fly or which months hatch on your favorite stream. The possibilities are endless.

Labeled Fly Box

I have a good source of mint tins, people at work give me their empty tins, when they are done with the mints. Some even give me mint tins, with the plastic wrappers still on. I wonder if they are trying to tell me something? ~ Parnelli


Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.

If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Someone else thought up most of this material before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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