Fly Cases and Equipment Cases - James Acord's Leather

Fly Cases: I've developed many fly case designs and continue to create new ones. I can illustrate your piece with any fly, fish, or other image you choose. My trademark clamshell fly case can be made in three sizes. The small case (6" x 4"x 1.5") starts at $350, for a simple case with one image carved and painted on the front and three initials carved on the back. The medium case (7" x 5" x 1.75") starts at $400. And the largest size clamshell case, The Haddock style (6" x 9" x 2.25") starts at $500.

I hand make all my cases from the patterns on up, including doing all the stitching, carving, painting, and dyeing by hand. I make all the straps, handles, pockets, etc, myself, as well.

Leathered Creels:

Creel  I use all vegetable tanned cow hide, which I airbrush a series of four overlaid colors, to create the  antique
look of the piece.   I hand burnish all the edges of each piece I create.   All stitching is done by hand by me.  And I'll custom design all new leatherwork I do on your creel.
All images and lettering on all of my works are done by hand, using no stamps.  So you can have me put any fish or fly or other imagery, as elaborate as you want, onto your creel.  Call or text me about pricing.
Prices start at $500 and go up, according to your order.

Leathered Creel. ゥJames Acord 2019

I've created a few leathered creels over the years, and have now decided to offer them here. So far, I've worked with creels owned by the customer, which I want to keep doing. So you provide the wicker creel, which you can buy online, and send it to me, so I can turn it into one of my pieces made to your requested details. I can work with a creel you already own as well. I can do light repairs on a creel you're sending me, but I'd want to a picture of it first and discuss it with you.

These leathered creels are intended to be used as equipment cases, not to hold fish.

A small creel similar to this one with a similar amount of carving, will cost approximately $500 plus shipping. Prices go up, according to the size of the creel and the amount of work I do on it.
Adding a harness, similar to the one you see below, will run $100 and up.


Leathered Creel. ゥJames Acord 2019

Detail of the top of the creel above, with a Green Highlander Salmon fly, which I hand carved into the leather and painted. I can create any image you want on the leather lid. The customer's specially-designed initials are on the right here. My sets of initials are always hand drawn, to have them work together well. I never use stamps to create any of my leather images or initials. This is a French weave basket creel.

This is a center-hole creel basket, 6" front-to-back at the opening, 9" tall, and 11"w, at its widest part. It had a damaged top opening, so the customoer decided to have me make a solid top. The lid also has a full leather lining, to encase the damaged wicker. I can make your leathered creel have the standard hole, as long as the wicker is in good shape. I can do minor repair on the wicker, but this piece was too far gone for that, for the hole to be used.

I can put as much leather and carving on your leathered creel, as you want. Each creel order will be unique, so just know that they start at $500 plus shipping, and go up.

I also cleaned the wicker of the basket, which was strong, but looked its age. Restoring an antique wicker creel will be worked into the cost of your leathered creel.


Leathered Creel. ゥJames Acord 2019

This is a 3-point harness, which I can make for either right or left hand use. My design is based on a 1920's harness a friend lent me, so I could study it and create my own design from it. So it's an authentic style design from the 1920s, when leathered creels were very popular. This harness is adjustable.


Kouerinis creel 1 ゥJames Acord 2021

Creel made for a Greek customer in San Francisco, who's an avid collector of vintage creels.  This piece is a gift for his son, Stelios, and he had me carve that name here in English and on the other front corner in Greek lettering. I don't use any stamps, but hand carve all writing and images on my work. An order like this, with no harness and minimal carving (the lettering here), will cost $600 plus shipping.

Kouerinis creel 2 ゥJames Acord 2021

This shows the buck stitching, which is an option you can choose for your creel's work.  The other option is my hand stitching, which you can see in the first creel shown above.

Here you can see the hand-carved Greek lettering for the son's name, and the molded corners.

Kouerinis creel 4 ゥJames Acord 2021

Here in the back view, you see the leather reinforcements I added, to make the creel stronger.
You can also see the hinge and the carry handle I added here.

 Fly Cases:

The Haddock Case, a larger clamshell fly case for Salmon and Steelhead flies.

Haddock 2012 case full. ゥJames Acord 2012.

I made this first larger size clamshell case for Craig Haddock of Mattawan, Michigan, who's an Atlantic Salmon Fly artisan.

The new case size is 6" x 9" x 2.25"deep. Being significantly larger, it easily carries the big flies used in Salmon and Steelhead fishing.

A case this elaborately carved and painted will cost at least $1,000. plus shipping. More simple cases, with one image on the front and your initials on the back will start at $500. plus shipping. An order for a case fancier than this one, as in having a mural on it, we'll work out a price together, which will be higher than this one's.

Haddock 2012 case w hand. ゥJames Acord 2012.

I hand carved oak leaves around Craig's signature fly for this piece, but will design whatever you want on your case. If the fly is rare or your own creation, you just need to provide a good image of the fly you want me to create for you. Same with a special fish image you want carved.

Haddock 2012 case detail. ゥJames Acord 2012.

This is Craig Haddock's signature fly, the Glen Fiddich, which has won awards and now lives in a shadow box in England.

Haddock 2012 case detail. ゥJames Acord 2012.

We chose to put a Macaw on the case, because Craig uses Macaw feathers a lot in his flies.

Haddock 2012 case detail. ゥJames Acord 2012.

Because this is a presentation case, Craig wanted shearling on both sides of the case. You can choose to have my handmade cork strips that will hold large dry flies on one or both sides of your case, as you can see below in another case's inside view.

Hammond cases inside view. ゥJames Acord 2012.

Inside my cases, I put the combination of natural shearling and my handmade cork strips, depending on your needs for fly storage. On each label, I include the case's number and the date.


Stillmank case painted. ゥJames Acord 2005.Full Pictorial Scene Fly Case

I made this case for Paul Stillmank of Milwaukee, using Paul's own painting of himself and his brother fly fishing, as the model for the image. Paul sent only a black and white image, so I did his own color interpretation, along with creating some of the details. I fully hand carved the scene before painting it.

The other side of this clamshell case is very similar to the Mayfly and pine needles design in the case I made for Jim Holm below.

This medium size case is 5" x 7" x 1.75". One like this case, carved and paintied with your personal images or equally detailed imagery of any kind will cost $650. and up, plus shipping.








Jim Holm case front.ゥJames Acord 2004.Jim Holm case back.ゥJames Acord 2004.








Jim Holm case back detail.ゥJames Acord 2004.Ultimate Scenery Flycase

The two pictures above and the detail at left are images of a medium size flycase made for Jim Holm of Pleasant Grove, Utah, who provided me with photos from one of his favorite fishing streams, in order to personalize his box with elaborate and meaningful imagery.

The front of the case has an inset of a carved and painted Mayfly, surrounded by Western White Pine needles and cones, which I hand carved, but didn't paint. The back of the case is my hand carved interpretation of the buyer's streamside campsite, which he's often shared with his sons and sent me a photo of it, as reference material.

Inside this case there is sheep shearling on one side and cork strips on the other. (See details of interiors of older cases below.)

This case is 5" x 7" x 1.75". One like this case, carved with your personal images or equally detailed imagery of any kind will cost $650. and up, plus shipping.


Case for Mary Hubbard. ゥJames Acord 2005.Salmon Fly images carved and painted on cases

I can make your case order include any Salmon Fly or other image you want.

Here is a Salmon Fly invented by Mark Waslick, which was featured in Art of Angling Journal, vol. 1. I made the case for Mary Hubbard of Maryland.

This medium case is 5" x 7" x 1.75". One like this case, carved with your choice of Salmon Fly or equally detailed imagery of any kind will cost $450. and up, plus shipping.






Equipment Cases:

Mohican Streamside Bag

Hinkle Streamside Bag. ゥJames Acord 2014

I made this Mohican Streamside Bag with a pictorial carving and painting on its flap, in late 2014 for Elden Hinkle of Chico, California. It's a shoulder bag to hold minimal equipment for fly fishing in one day. Size: 9"h x 9"w x 3.5"d. The clamshell case and rod shown in this photo are props, placed here to show the size of the Streamside Bag. A case similar to this one, of equal size and complexity, will cost $800 plus shipping, with a very simply carved case starting at $500, plus shipping. An example of that priced case would be one with one simplle mayfly carved on the flap, and the owner's three initials hand designed and tooled. The price of any bag you custom order will depend on its size and complexity of bag construction and imagery. See my front page for other examples of the Streamside Bags.

Hinkle mural bag with photo. ゥJames Acord 2014.

Here's the photo I worked from, which Elden sent to me, of him fishing last summer. You can see that I took some liberties with the photo, to make it work better on my medium of leather and painting. I fully carved the images by hand on the leather, before painting the piece with acrylic paints, using fine brushes.

Equipment Cases:

Gunderson 2011 Equipment Case

Gunderson 2011 case full. ゥJames Acord 2011.

I made this large equipment case in late 2011 for Dave Gunderson of Spokane, Washington. Aside from the front pocket flaps and back panel images, which are my own image designs, Dave supplied photos for all the other carvings/paintings.

Size: 20"w x 12.5"h x 12"d.

A case similar to this one will cost $2,500, with a more simply carved and painted case starting at $2,000, plus shipping.

Gunderson 2011 case det 1. ゥJames Acord 2011.

Front pockets showing an actual Stone Fly and the artificial version of it (left) and a Mayfly and its tied version (right). In between the pockets are Dave's initials, which are hand designed and hand carved, as I always do.

Gunderson 2011 case det 6 ゥJames Acord 2011.

This is the mural I made on the top of the case, of Dave fishing.

Gunderson 2011 case det 3. ゥJames Acord 2011.

Side panel with carved and painted scene.

Gunderson 2011 case det 4 ゥJames Acord 2011.

Side panel with carved and painted scene.

Gunderson 2011 case det 5 .ゥJames Acord 2011.

This is the back of the case, with straps to attach a rod tube on the outside of the case.

Gunderson 2011 case det 2 ゥJames Acord 2011.

Custom dividers and lift-out tray inside the case, for holding fly cases and reels. Small pockets inside the flap, below the label, are for leader packets.

Buss Waterfowlers Equipment Case

Buss case full view. ゥ James Acord 2010cord

Here's a large shell-and-equipment case for water fowlers. One of my best friends, Garry Buss of California, ordered this elaborately carved case with images of him and his choclate lab, Buster sitting in a wetlands scene, duck hunting. Not shown here are two fully carved scenes on the case's end panels and two large Mallard tail feathers carved on the back panel.

I worked from many photo references, including personal photos from Garry to create the hand carved and painted images and scenes. This case has an open area to hold four boxes of shells, along with a lift out tray for duck calls and miscellaneous equipment. At Garry's request, I custom designed a lidded humidor at one end of the tray.

This case measures 13.25" x 9" x 9". Made in 2010.

Approximate cost of a similar case is $2,500. plus shipping.

Buss case detail 1. ゥJames Acord 2010

This is one end panel on Garry Buss's case, showing Buster with a mallard retrieve.

Buss case detail 2. ゥJames Acord 2010

Here is the tray, slightly lifted. The lidded humidor compartment is on the right.

Cella Angler's Equipment Case.

Cella Bag full view. ゥJames Acord 2005.









Above is a large equipment case, measuring 23.5"w x 12"h x 13"d. This was designed for John Cella of St Louis, as a surprise gift for his mother, using photos of her Russian Salmon fishing trip as inspiration for Jimmy's carved and painted scene on the back.

Cella Bag - Salmon fly detail on flap. ゥJames Acord 2005.









All artwork is hand carved, including four kinds of trout and salmon, specific flies on the pocket flaps, and the owner's three initials hand designed and tooled. As always, this case is all hand stitched, hand dyed, and hand painted. If you order an equipment case, you can choose any flies, fish, and other artwork, including having Jimmy work from a personal photograph. Leather and shearling interior compartments store store equipment neatly.

A case similar to this one will cost $2,500, with a more simply carved and painted case starting at $2,000, plus shipping.

Below are three more images of this piece.

Cella Bag back view.ゥJames Acord 2005.










Cella Bag - back scene detail. ゥJames Acord 2005.










Cella Bag inside.ゥJames Acord 2005.Above is the back of the Cella case, showing the scene Jimmy created, based on photos from Russia and John's mother fishing there.

In the detail shot, above right, you see her wearing her lucky red fishing hat, as she hooks up.

The interior of John Cella's case has this lift-out tray with other compartments beneath it. Here you see the lid being lifted on the large fly storage compartment. Next to it is a shearling padded section for miscellaneous equipment.



Angler's Equipment Case.ゥJames Acord 2004.Large Angler's Equipment Case.

Designed to carry multiple fly cases and reel cases, this very large fly fishing case measures 27"w x 11"h x 14"d and has various interior compartments. The inside is lined with suede covered dividers.

All artwork is hand carved, including oak leaf borders, a brown trout, specific flies on the pocket flaps, and the owner's three initials hand designed and tooled. As always, this case is all hand stitched, hand dyed, and hand painted. If you order an equipment case, you can choose any flies, fish, and other artwork, including having me work from a personal photograph. Interior compartments will be designed to fit your personal equipment needs.

A case similar to this one will cost $2,500, with a more simply carved and painted case starting at $1,500, plus shipping. . This case belongs to Chris Williams of Worcester, MA, who owns a variety of my custom made pieces



Willaims case interior.ゥJames Acord 2004.This is the interior of Chris Williams' angler's equipment case.

Chris chose to have me create dividers to hold three large Loomis fly boxes. The forward compartment holds four reels in cases which I custom made for Chris earlier. Sections on the right side are for miscellaneous items, such as pocket fly cases, etc.

There's natural shearling padding in the bottom of each compartment, removable for cleaning.

The label includes my signature, the owner's name, the date, and the number of this piece in its category. In this case, it's #1.




A clamshell style fly case.ゥJames Acord 2000.This case features two flies. The one in the top left part of the case is the tied fly version of a mayfly. The fly on the bottom right in the image is the actual bug in flight. Jimmy can design for your order, an image of any tied fly and the insect that the fly is based on. This one is $400.




Two clamshell cases.ゥJames Acord 2000.Here are an opened and closed medium size clamshell case. The opened one shows the cork strips, which I hand build to place inside the case, opposite the shearing side. Price is $400 for one image plus background carving.




Fly and oakleaf case ゥJames Acord 1998.Here is a small clamshell style with a mayfly, which I hand tooled and painted. All the oak leaf design is also custom carved. The inside is made with sheepskin on one side and cork strips on the other. Approx. size: 6" x 4" x 1.3", a smaller size box than most made now.

This case is sold, but ones ordered like it will be $450. plus shipping.



Outside of oakleaf case ゥ James Acord 1998.Inside of Oak leaf case ゥJames Acord 1998.Here are the outside and inside view of the case shown and described above.




Fly case ゥ James Acord 1998.Fly case ゥJames Acord 1998.

The photos above are of flat case design I've made, with a leaping trout and oak leaves. Handsewn. Approx. size: 6" x 4" x 1". This particular case is sold, but you can order one like it for $450. Fly books start at $350, and run up to $550 or more, for extra fancy ones. This one has cork strips on both sides of the inside. (See below.) (I also make a wet fly wallet, which folds up, that starts at $250, not shown here.)

Open flycase ゥ James Acord 1998.







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