The History of Richardson Chest Fly Box

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your interest in the Richardson Chest Fly BoxR. As you may be aware, the concept of a hands free, easily accessible fly box worn on the angler's chest has been around for over 45 years. In 1951, Ronald Fye from central Pennsylvania handcrafted the first chest fly box (known then as The Fye Box) inspired by the Dean of American Flyfishing-George Harvey.

Image: Chirp
Rex "Chirp" Richardson purchased the company along with the patent in 1960 and renamed it The Richardson Chest Fly Box Company. Mr. Richardson made many improvements to the box over the years utilizing the recommendations from his customers and produced the box with such quality as to achieve world-wide renown. His customer list reads more like a WHO'S WHO of FLYFISHING: George Harvey, Joe Humphreys, Presidents Ike Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter, Dan Bailey Sr., Joan Wulff and Charlie Meck to name just a few. Rex continued to build the box, each custom handcrafted, until his death at the age of 80 in September of 1995. Rex Richardson was one of flyfishing's greatest craftsmen and a special friend to all who know him.

As the prod owners of The Richardson Chest Fly Box Company, we have dedicated ourselves to hand crafting the chest fly box in the same time tested fashion and quality as before. Any modifications we make are closely examined by some of the top names in flyfishing to assure that they are convenient, functional and do not detract form the integrity of the original concept. In keeping with Rex's longstanding philosophy, only the owners of the company build each and every chest fly box.
Image: Karl and Bob We will also never sell a chest flybox that we are not 100% satisfied with, and all models carry a lifetimeguarantee. We are looking forward to custom handcrafting a Richardson Chest Fly Box for you, so drop us a line when you are ready to have your expectations exceeded.

Tight Lines,

Karl and Bob