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C&F Design Medium Chest Box | One-Year Review

Over a year ago, I was looking to dial-in my lanyard setup and decided to purchase the C&F Design Medium Chest Box to increase the number of flies I was able to carry while using a lanyard. After fishing with the box for over a year, I wanted to share my thoughts on it.

The Pros:

  • Super light-weight. I have come to expect this from C&F Designs. Their boxes are really light and well built, making them perfect for anglers looking to shed ounces off of their system.

  • Integrated tippet storage and a way to dispense and cut the tippet. Really awesome design!

  • Large capacity. Can fit TONS of small nymphs and even has some room for small streamers.

  • A magnetic compartment for odds and ends - I like to use this for very small midges, tricos, and as a staging area as I'm selecting flies to tie on.

  • Small enclosed compartments for small strike indicators or split shot.

The Cons:

  • Integrated tippet storage does not fit most spools of tippet. Most brands (Trouthunter, Cortland, Rio, SI, Orvis, etc.) are too large in diameter to fit. I had to find two smaller tippet spools and respool some of my preferred brand of tippet onto these spools.

  • The lanyard that the box comes with is very uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. I removed the box and added it to my own lanyard to circumvent this.

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