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.
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.
- The fly boxes come with twelve different flies. Personally, I would rather have six different flies, two of each come in the box. Let's say that I open up my box and pull out the mayfly cripple pattern that came in it and the fish are biting on it. Suddenly I get it caught in a tree behind me and subsequently lose the fly. Now I don't have a similar fly in my box, unless I beefed up the subscription. I don't think the mouse pattern is going to help me out in that instance.
- The lack of option when it comes to the fly tying box. Yes, the tying boxes are relatively new and hopefully we will see some options crop up in the future, but for right now it's fairly limited. If next month they choose to give everything to tie up a saltwater fly, a crab for instance, I will have no use for those flies cause I'm not getting out to the flats anytime soon. Hopefully in the future, if this style box is a hit, we will get options just like we do with the fly boxes.
- The fly boxes come with twelve different flies. When I opened the trout box and looked at what came in it, the first fly that stuck out to me was the mouse pattern. I'll be honest, most of the waters that I fish, and that we highlight here at Currant Creek Fly Co., don't really support a mouse pattern as a viable option to use. Instead of being frustrated that I got a fly I'll never use, now I need to go find some rivers where I can use that fly. Instead of limiting your fishing experience, maybe getting different types of flies will expand those experiences.
- Quality. Everything that has come in the boxes had been high quality. These aren't $0.50 flies in the boxes, some of them run in the multiple dollar range of you were to buy them at your local fly shop. The materials that have come in the fly tying box is all high quality and durable.
- Customer Service! To be completely honest, I was not suppose to get the trout fly box. I signed up for the tying box, received it and loved it. I then decided to separately order the stonefly tying box. Instead of the stonefly box, the trout fly box came in the mail. I sent off an email wondering if this was a mistake on my end and whether it was or not, that I was more than happy to send back the trout box and have the stonefly box sent back to me. Postfly responded quickly and said they would immediately send out the stonefly box and to keep the trout box. For me, crappy customer service can turn me off of a great product, and vice versa. This isn't a concern though, both product and customer service is top notch.
- Goodies. While the primary purpose of these boxes are flies and/or tying material, the goodies that come with them have been fun and usable. It's been as exciting to see what the goodies are as it had been to see the flies or tying materials.
- Conservation. In the trout and stonefly boxes came a sign up card for Trout Unlimited. I am a member of Trout Unlimited and love the work they do and am always impressed when a company not only supports conservation but actively encourages others to participate as well.
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.