Moods of Flyboxes And Flies
A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY BY STU HASTIE
FLYFISHERS ACROSS THE GLOBE, from novices to vets, carry their luck in their flyboxes. One of the most valuable and under-rated tools in a flyfisher’s arsenal, the flybox, like most things in life that are close to the heart and useful, takes on different colours, shapes, and is beautiful in ways others outside our sport might not consider attractive at all. After all, what beauty is there in the drab bank safe when you consider the beauty that’s inside.
Flyboxes that have housed flies of every kind for centuries have helped shape the vocabulary of flyfishing. It is the instinct, no compulsion, of every angler to open a flybox, constantly ponder and finger the mysteries within, and deliberate at extreme lengths over which is the one to fool a fish on a given day. The content of these containers can soar into the hundreds of dollars and many an unfortunate caster, who has lost or misplaced his favourite flybox, will sink into deeper despair than should his/her spouse leave for another soul mate.