Ben and I are both gear junkies so we were thrilled when we recently had the opportunity to test out the new Brook Box by Brook Fishing Equipment. Some fly anglers treat fly boxes the same way they treat fly reels, reels hold line and fly boxes hold flies, that’s it, end of story. After spending some time on the water with the Brook Box I would argue that your fly box is one of your most important accessories. In this review I will go over what separates the Brook Box from other boxes as well as some pros and cons I found during my time on the water.
One of the first things I notice about the Brook Box is how solid it feels. It is made from ABS blended plastic making it impact resistant. Many of my other boxes are thin clear plastic and have cracked from being dropped. The exterior is very nice, but the inside of the Brook box is really what sets it apart. The silicone inserts do not tear like foam, keep barbed and barbless flies securely in place, and most importantly do not hold water, preventing hooks from rusting. There is nothing worse than opening an old fly box to find that all of your hooks are rusted out. The box also floats, so if you happen to drop it in the river or lake you won’t lose all of your flies.
I have spent two weekends on the river with the Brook Box and have loved it so far. The size is perfect for the way I fish. The box is deep enough to hold larger streamers on one side and smaller dry flies and nymphs on the other side without crushing any of the flies. Depending on how you fill the box it can hold up to 208 flies. The box fits well in the exterior pocket of my waders for easy access when switching flies. Aesthetically the box is utilitarian but it’s a fly box after all and the functionality is what really matters. The price point on the box is $35.99, which is on the upper end of the fly box market, but the build quality, design, and fact that they are made in the USA justify this price.
There were two fallbacks to the Brook Box that I experienced during my time fishing. The box is not waterproof, which is fine as long as you make sure to let it dry out if you happen to drop it in the water. The silicone will help to keep hooks from rusting, but it would still be a good idea to allow your flies to dry out after a dunk in the river. The second thing that might be a complaint from the minimalist fishing crowd would be the size. This box is on the bigger side (which I loved) but some may want something a little smaller for back country trout streams.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed fishing with the Brook Box and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new fly box that is extremely durable and can hold a large variety of flies, from saltwater streamers down to size 22 dry flies.