Choosing the right tackle box or set of tackle boxes for fishing is very important. There are many types of tackle boxes to choose from, and many of them are designed for the type of fishing you’re going to be doing. This guide is intended to help you choose the right tackle box for your fishing type.

It is important to consider the amount of lures and other fishing tackle you will be using your tackle box for. You should make sure that it will store all the tackle you currently have, plus enough room to accommodate expansion tackle. You should also be aware of where you’ll be taking your tackle box. If you do a lot of walking when you fish, you might want to get a lighter tackle box. If you leave your tackle box on the boat, then weight is not a factor.

Following is a brief overview of fishing tackle box types, styles and uses. With the information provided, you should be able to find the right fishing tackle box for you.

Materials Used for Tackle Boxes

Tackle boxes can be made out of many different materials. Common materials include aluminum, canvas, nylon, plastic, and even solid wood. The material used in a tackle box will vary greatly depending on the type of fishing you will be doing. If the tackle box is meant to be very portable, it will be made from lightweight material. If the tackle box is meant for more storage, such as on a boat, it will generally be made from a sturdier material.

Types of Tackle Boxes

There are several basic types of tackle boxes to choose from. Some of the most common types include:

Classic Single and Multi Tray Tackle Boxes:
These are the most common type of tackle boxes. They are similar to a tool box, usually with a tray that lifts out of the main section of the tackle box. You then store tools, extra line, and other large items in the main box compartment, while hooks, lures, and other accessories are stored in the compartmentalized tray. Some more serious fishermen need more storage for their lures, and prefer a multi-tray tackle box. These types of tackle boxes have hinged trays that spread out when the lid is opened. This allows for all of the trays to be accessed, while folding neatly together when the lid to the tackle box is closed.

Utility Boxes:
These are the small, usually clear, single layer plastic boxes that flip open to allow you access to all of the compartments. The compartments are usually customizable, so they can accommodate virtually any type of lure or fishing accessories based upon your needs.

Tackle Bags:
These are lightweight and portable bags that zip open to allow access to a group of tackle filled utility boxes. They are usually made from nylon or canvas, and are available in different sizes to accommodate any number of utility boxes.

Rack Tackle Boxes:
These are a sturdier combination of a tackle bag and classic single tray tackle box. The shell of a rack tackle box is the same as a classic box, but instead of an area for your larger tools, it has areas for utility boxes to be slid in and out. The top section where a tray would usually be is converted to be a space to house your larger fishing tools and tackle.

Fly Box:
This type of tackle box is designed to store “flys”, the lures used in fly fishing. These tackle boxes are usually very small, 6 inches in some cases, and are separate from ordinary tackle boxes.

Now that you know the differences between tackle box types, you can move on to choosing a tackle box. Use the following question to get a good idea of what you’re looking for:

“Am I looking for storage space, portability, or a good mix?”

Storage – a rack tackle box is a good choice.
Portability – a single tray, utility box, or fly box work best depending on your needs.
Combination – a tackle bag provides the best storage to weight ratio.

There are a few basic things that every tackle box should have:
Needle-nose pliers
First aid
Leather work glove
Extra fishing line
Fishing reel oil
Pocket knife
Fish hook sharpener

Good luck and I hope this guide to choosing a fishing tackle box was helpful.

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Written by Ripley Hunter

Ripley Hunter enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities and adventure sports. From kayaking to rock climbing, Hunter’s real love lies in fishing, whether on the water or ice. Among his great adventures is deep sea fishing in New Zealand. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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