Flambeau Tackle Station: Can this be your mostly used tackle
Total Score: 7.08
One thing every angler has in common is that they all have lots of gear ranging
from crankbaits to fishing tools, and are always in need some sort of storage.
Nowadays there are all types of tackle storage. Some may still be carrying
hard tackle boxes while fishing, but trust me on this one, carrying a soft
tackle storage bag is much easier to handle. I had the opportunity to test
a modular tackle storage system from Flambeau on my trout and bass fishing
Station (W4005ST) Specifications
10" X 17"|
4006, (1) 2003 Tuff 'Tainers, (1) 00330 Spinnerbait box|
Impressions: Like many anglers, I too have multiple tackle
boxes and bags. The amount of my fishing lures has increased tremendously. When I
first saw the Flambeau Tackle Station I knew I would make good use of it in the
field. The Tackle Station caught my eyes not because of the
price, but it was the many zippers on the bag. "Now how come this bag has
so many zippers?", I asked myself. Soon after a few minutes of careful
examination some ideas popped into my head on how this tackle bag would be
useful to me while fishing.
The versatility allows me to use this bag for both bass and trout
Since most of the storage compartments unzip from one another, I can
carry just the right amount and not have to drag along dead weight.
The size of the bag and utility boxes can hold most of my frequently
used bass lures along with my tools, food and water, etc...
The lower portion of the bag would work great for trout fishing while
Just by looking at the price one would know that this bag might not be as
well constructed as the more expensive tackle storage systems. The overall
material of the Tackle Station is actually well made, but there are some
weaknesses I will be pointing out during my tests.
Tests: Since the Tackle Station appears to be pretty modular I had
to see if I could actually use the multiple applications. So I took the bag for my
first test run. I loaded the tackle bag with a selection of bass
lures I needed for the fishing trip. The five 4006 Tuff 'Tainer utility
boxes allowed me to neatly organize my crankbaits, jerkbaits, poppers, weedless
tournament frog, hooks, weights of all sizes, and much more. The 00330
spinnerbait box also allowed me to carry my large collection of
spinnerbaits. And there were the plastics. Can't leave home without
those. The Tackle Station came with 10 polybags that I used to organize
the different types of plastics.
The bottom storage compartment fits four 4006 Tuff 'Tainer boxes and one
more at the very top of the bag. This allows quick access to the container
that held the frequently used lures. When I reached down and took one of
the four boxes out, I noticed something that bothered me a lot. When one
or more 4006 boxes were taken out of the bottom compartment, the weight from the
top caused the bag to sit on top of the other two remaining boxes in the lower
portion. 1) By not having a rigid framing of some sort, putting in the
other two utility boxes required two hands, or some frustration trying to wedge
in one corner of the box to get the rest in. 2) The stability of the
standing tackle bag was now leaning one direction and the bag might fall over
depending on how much weight you have in the upper
The four six inch packs attached to the side of the bag held my plastics
nicely in the polybags provided with the Tackle Station. The top two
extender packs can be unzipped and attached to your belt for quick access to the
frequently used plastics. This was useful when I was throwing only
plastics, but wanted to switch between colors, sizes, and styles without having
to walk back to where the bag was located.
When I went trout fishing I carried only the bottom portion of the Tackle
Station along with the 2003 Tuff 'Tainer box that held
my favorite trout lures. The Flambeau tackle storage bag is constructed with water
resistant rip-stop material that provided some water shedding while wading in
the stream. This kept my necessities like food, tissue, and other
non-water resistant materials dry, as long as I do not fall into the
Other features on the bag are the mesh pocket for wet storage at the
bottom portion, an adjustable shoulder strap, a fishing line dispenser, and a
waterproof bottom with boat-grip feet. I have to say the boat-grip feet is
a good idea, but the material it's made out of is poor.
One more note to add to the weaknesses. The tackle bag is made with
only one zipper opening from the side. When I opened my bag while wading
in the stream, some of my stuff almost fell out of the bag into the water.
If there were two zippers per compartment, then I would be able to open the bag
from the center and not lose anything.
Station Ratings (?/10)
quality water resistant rip-stop fabric, poor bottom material, not
bag works well for both trout and bass fishing because of all the features
it provides, but the construction degrades the performance at
price for what you get
||Enough compartments and utility boxes to hold the lures and
||Designed like any storage bag, but with versatility and easily
adjustable shoulder straps to fit nicely. Front loading allows easy
modular system that can be used for all kinds of fishing. Carry only
what you need by unzipping the unnecessary parts. Very flexible
Pluses and Minuses:
Poor bottom material|
Front loading system
Conclusion: The Tackle Station W4005ST is an incredibly
modular system. Many other tackle storage bags are one piece and you have
to use the entire bag every time you go fishing, but not the Flambeau Tackle
Station I field tested. I am able to use what parts I need when I need
it. The zippers provide a quick and easy way for someone, even a child to
take apart and put back the different compartments in a few seconds. The
Tackle Station seems to have many good points, but there are also weaknesses
that appeared like the bottom compartment being frameless and the poor bottom
material. Overall this tackle storage system works well and I will be
using it on my future trips until it breaks.
Have fun and
keep on fishin!