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Re: Richardson Chest Fly Boxes
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While the Richardson in very nice - I'll put in another vote for the Downs Box. I bought mine in 1984 and it's still going strong.

Posted on: 2011/9/1 23:08


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IIRC Fly Fisher's Paradise in State College carries these boxes...I think they have the Joe Humphreys models. I looked at one through the glass case until I saw the price tag. I still want one though.
I have one of each. My Richardson is the 4 tray deluxe I bought from FFP. I LOVE it. The Downs I bought a 5 tray from E Hille's. I LOVE it too. They are both nice. The last time I was at FFP I did'nt see any Richardsons in Steve's display case. I asked him about it and he told me that the company was dissolved and the partnership was defunct. That unless they resolved the differences the company was done. I replied in jest "Well there goes my lifetime warranty" I hope those fellas work it out. It would be a shame to lose such a quality product.

Posted on: 2011/9/1 23:31
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Wild Tiger,

Paraphrasing a note on their website, yes, one partner has dropped out. The remaining partner will continue to make them out of his house, which is how it was done for many years. During the transition, newly placed orders may take longer to fill. But they are taking orders.

Steve's usually pretty up to date on these kind of happenings, so it may have been up in the air when you talked to him and a settled matter now.

I see both the Richardson and the Downs as similar and excellent products. I couldn't live without a chest box, honestly, it was the best FF purchase I ever made. Most people either love em or hate em, there doesn't seem to be any in betweens. I, obviously, love em.

Posted on: 2011/9/2 9:34


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Wild Tiger,

Paraphrasing a note on their website, yes, one partner has dropped out. The remaining partner will continue to make them out of his house, which is how it was done for many years. During the transition, newly placed orders may take longer to fill. But they are taking orders.

Steve's usually pretty up to date on these kind of happenings, so it may have been up in the air when you talked to him and a settled matter now.

I see both the Richardson and the Downs as similar and excellent products. I couldn't live without a chest box, honestly, it was the best FF purchase I ever made. Most people either love em or hate em, there doesn't seem to be any in betweens. I, obviously, love em.
Me too! Best purchase for FF I ever made.

Posted on: 2011/9/2 10:22
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The Down’s biggest advantage is you can remove and replace boxes at will. The most I have ever used at one time was 6 and that is just too many for me anyway. My Richardson has 3 boxes with two of the boxes having the foam insert system so I can change them out. However, I would have liked them to offer a case for the foam system so the inserts don’t get beat up in the truck when not in use. The Richardson however is just plain classic.

Joe e

Posted on: 2011/9/2 11:37


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I've owned a Richardson 4-drawer box since 1973. Before purchasing the box, I carried many fly boxes which I interchanged as the season progressed and hatches changed. As I believe you can guess where I a going with this, one day I found myself in the middle on a heavy mayfly hatch without a single fly to approximate he naturals. Suffice it to sway that I've not found myself in that situation in 38 years.

Never met Mr. Richardson in person, but through several phone calls before his passing, I found him to be a true gentlemen. When I inquired about some modifications to my box (light holder), he gave me a fair price and asked that I make the check out to his church. I was so impressed by this selfless act that I doubled the amount of the "donation".

Posted on: 2011/9/2 18:19
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So not to hi-jack this thread, but a year ago at an auction I acquired an early "FYE BOX" while they were still made in Hollidaysburg...I was considering re-working/arranging it for my own use. Should I consider this a keepsake artifact or just go have fun with it?

Posted on: 2011/9/24 23:40


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So not to hi-jack this thread, but a year ago at an auction I acquired an early "FYE BOX" while they were still made in Hollidaysburg...I was considering re-working/arranging it for my own use. Should I consider this a keepsake artifact or just go have fun with it?
Is the box in good workable condition? If the answer is yes I would use it. What good is it sitting on a shelf?

Posted on: 2011/9/25 15:57
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It's been worked over but in fine condition functionally...Question answered!

I do need a new set of straps though...I guess Richardson would sell me some.

Posted on: 2011/9/25 21:51


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I have a 4-drawer box made by Angler's Box & Tool Company based in Springfield, PA. It is a knock-off of the Richardson box. I bought the box 30 years ago and it has served me well. I recently took a spill and banged it on a rock, causing one of the drawers to come loose. It is still useable, but I would like to get it fixed. Unfortunately, I cannot find the company. I suspect they are long out of business.

Posted on: 2011/9/26 17:06


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I do need a new set of straps though...I guess Richardson would sell me some.


That's a problem I have, actually why I stopped using my chestbox. I need a new harness or straps it drives me nuts. I wish I could see what exactly they're selling on the website, I've been looking for replacements for awhile.

Posted on: 2011/10/6 9:28


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Those looking for harnesses, check with Bob via the Richardson Box website:

http://www.chestflybox.com/main.html

If he doesn't have them, you should be able to get them made for you at an Amish harness shop. These are often combined with a shoe store. There is one near Loganton, Clinton County, which is not far off I80. If you've ever fished Fishing Creek in the Narrows, Loganton is further up the same valley (Sugar Valley).


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Those looking for harnesses, check with Bob via the Richardson Box website:

http://www.chestflybox.com/main.html

If he doesn't have them, you should be able to get them made for you at an Amish harness shop. These are often combined with a shoe store. There is one near Loganton, Clinton County, which is not far off I80. If you've ever fished Fishing Creek in the Narrows, Loganton is further up the same valley (Sugar Valley).

That Amish store is "Kaufmans Shoe". Come up Rt 880 North from "The Narrows". It's about 8 miles to Loganton. Take a left at the stopsign in Loganton (Across from the FNB Bank) it's about 1/4 mile on the left. The store is well marked.

Posted on: 2011/10/6 21:36
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The leather harness is well worth the extra money. Had mine for about 5 years. The canvwad bus ok but required constant adjustment to keep straps on my shoulders.

Posted on: 2011/10/6 21:39
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As I read some of these posts about the Richardson Chest Box it brings some old memories. I remember stopping in Chirp's shop in the early 70's to purchase some of my first fly tying material and just was blowed away with the shop. I could never figure out how he ever found anything in there, but when you asked him if he had a particular item he would come right up with it. Some years latter my son and I traveled to Montana to fish the Big Horn River by drift boat with a guide for the day. As we met our guide in the am the guide asked us where we were from and I told him Pennsylvania. Right away he said where is your chest box and I said what do mean. He told me that a lot of fly fisherman all from Pa wear those box's on there chest when they come here to fish. I just started to laugh and thought wow the Richardson Box has become synoymous with the guides out west. The guide did tell me that the guides out there thought the box's were a great idea. And sad to say that I don't own one. From my understanding from FlyFisher's there is a big back order on the box's now.

Posted on: 2011/10/7 9:49
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