If you're on Facebook at all you've probably seen an ad or a post from Postfly Box, or, maybe you're living under a rock and haven't heard of them. For those of you who are out of the loop, let's give a brief rundown of what Postfly Box is.
Postfly Box is a monthly subscription box that caters to the fly-fishermen of the world, a group that they endearingly refer to as tribesmen. If you're unfamiliar with the marketing structure of these monthly subscription services, here it is in a nutshell. A person signs up for the service that they want by a certain deadline, once that deadline passes your credit card is charged and subscriptions are sent out, all over the country and the world. For you National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation fans, think of the Jelly of the Month Club! There are subscription boxes that run the gamut of interests, from Star Wars to home crafts and everything in between.
Postfly Box is the one subscription box that caters to fly-fishermen. I stumbled across Postfly a while ago and never bit the bullet. First, I wasn't sure if I could convince my wife to let me spend the money monthly, second, I couldn't convince myself that I wanted what they offered. I liked their Facebook page and would constantly see their posts, jump to their page, and almost click the purchase button. Over time Postfly expanded and improved their services, to the point where I finally gave in.
From trout flies to strike indicators, Postfly really has a lot. Their subscription boxes currently include Trout, Steelhead/Salmon, Warm Water, and Saltwater fly boxes. Relatively recently, and the reason that I bit the bullet was the fact that, they introduced a fly tying box. A fly-fisherman has a lot of choice thrown their way regarding a subscription from Postfly. If you fish the saltwater flats they have something for you or if you chase Chrome they've got your hookup. You sign up for a box before the 15th of the month, on the 15th your credit card will be charged $19.95 (shipping is free in the good ole U. S. of A.), and then the good people over at Postfly get everything in the mail by the 20th. A few days, to about a week, later you get an awesome box in the mail. If you sign up after the 15th you will have to wait until the next month for your box. If you sign up for a box, let's say the Trout box, that option will continue to be sent to you every month unless you go back to their site and change your option, or cancel your service. Just remember, if you want to do either you must do it before the 15th of the month or that decision won't go into effect until the next month. You can also add on to your boxes as well. By beefing up your box, you can double, even triple, the amount of flies you get each month. Each beef up comes at a discounted price.
So what do you get, you're probably asking. I have had the opportunity to get two different fly tying boxes and one trout box. Each fly tying box came with enough material, and then some, to tie a specific number of flies. Both months focused on a different type of fly. The first box was the "Skull Daddy Crayfish" box and came with enough material to tie eight crayfish. The second box was their "Evolution Stonefly Prince Nymph" box, which they still offer for sale as an individual box that does not require a subscription (it was actually this box that pushed me to signing up). In this box was enough material to tie ten stonefly nymphs. In the trout fly box there was twelve different flies, all geared for catching trout. All of the boxes also came with some extra goodies. First, all boxes come with a newspaper-like advertisement that shows the contents of all the different boxes that were sent out that month, the fly tying instructions for that month's fly tying box, and also a page dedicated to one of the Postfly members-a nice nod to the customers. The crayfish box came with a Postfly printed American Bandana neck gaiter and the stonefly box came with some Postfly strike indicators. The trout and stonefly box both came with a fun Postfly stonefly sticker.
Postfly also offers individual good that can be purchased from their website, such as hats, shirts, stickers, leaders, strike indicators, etc.
Now that we've gone over what Postfly Box is, let's start with what I don't like about the boxes and then jump to the things that I do like.
Overall, I have been thoroughly happy with Postfly Box. The pros definitely outweigh any of the cons (which are fairly subjective) and the services provided are top notch. If you like getting things in the mail, something akin to a small Christmas present every month, you will love Postfly Box. At the very least, try it for a month and see if you like it, if not you can always cancel your subscription. But my guess is, you won't have to worry about going down that road, you'll be satisfied.
For more information, or to sign up, check out www.postflybox.com
*This review was unsolicited and all products, with the exception of the trout box (read about that above), were purchased by Currant Creek Fly Co.
Growing up along the Provo River in Utah, I've seen countless numbers of Fly Fishermen search for the Tug. It's in the small streams that the dream is realized.