Rated 5 out of 5
by astoneflyguy Its a Wheatley!!
Awesome box. Ive got Wheatley boxes Ive bought going back 25 yrs.or more, a couple collectors window boxes even that I use. I`m old school so the new foam design is different than the smooth or ripple, but holds flys nicely. I went with the brook trout design, and its pretty cool. Its got the Richard Wheatley RW of England emblem on the back and the historic stamp in the metal, and the tiny air vent rivets. Like all my others, its a work of art. The history of L.L. Bean is also worthy of the stamp.
Materials have changed a little since 1860, as did the location of the company but still made with the same equipment and well worthy of the name. Great price for a heirloom box that I will use and will outlive me and get passed down. These boxes are not designed to be waterproof, so store them high in the vest. You don`t just buy a Wheatley box, you invest in a Wheatley box!
The 2 lady`s that were disappointed (not trying to offend) must not be fly fishers and her husband must not be much into tradition to not appreciate this box more than some flys and unaware of the box, the 150+ year history or the construction. Its not designed to snap shut, just close nicely with maybe a very slight drag at best and even then if its too tight or loose it can be adjusted if need be by applying careful slight pressure on the aluminum edge.
Some people should go with the modern snap tight waterproof plastic boxes that have their place in the lineup, thats why those are offered too. I will never own one of those myself as Ive made my choice to be part of a tradition.
April 29, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by KatK13 Disappointed
I agree with the disappointed review. I was expecting to be wow'd by this and I was not at all. Not worth the money by far. I gave to my husband for Christmas and he didn't even realize this was the gift. He thought the flies inside were the gift. That says a lot.
December 28, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Rbrtsj5 Totally Disappointed
I was so happy to find a unique gift for my sister and brother in law who have everything (I bought one of each design) but was quickly disappointed when this arrived. The rainbow trout looks nice but does not look like it is worth the price at all; looks like something that should be at least half the price. Worse yet the box doesn't close easily, you need to slightly squeeze one end for it to close. Although that is not as bad as the other design. The other one I received closes too easily and will fall open if you hold only one side of it. Plus the other design, I think it is call brook trout, is faded and the colors not at all vibrant. Needless to say I will tell my sister that I will return or exchange them for her.
December 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by onfishalways sweeet fly box
This box is a work of art any still very functional.I like the cut outs for the fly's the work better then ripples or clips.I intend on using this box guiding and i'm confident it will hold up.the anodized trout skin is wicked sharp.
April 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 48Carol54George A beautiful, traditional fly box for nymphs.
There is nothing like having a Wheatley fly box in your vest. Besides being very functional while holding a large number of flies, it has a beautiful print on the outside. I own both the Rainbow and Brook Trout boxes.
January 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bear74 Perfect Gift
Item came quickly and beautifully packaged. I originally thought this was a lot of money for a fly box, but upon arrival...it is more than a fly box.....work of art. glad I got it.
December 12, 2012