Jan 26, 2010

Save those used flies

Give those worn out flies a longer life. Instead of tossing those beaten flies away after a trip, bring them back to life with a good steam treatment. It will sure save you some time on the vise and money. All you need is some spare time, a stove, and a kettle with water. Doesn't get much easier than that. Just hold your fly in the steam from the spout, though be careful not to get it too close or too hot as it could damage the fly. Here I used a simple BWO for an example. As you can see the hackle was a bit worn and could use a good straightening. A quick steam treatment and a nice hot cup of tea after, and I am very satisfied with the results.

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