A novice question: caring for your flys

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Brennen Busse, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Brennen Busse Member

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    Would anyone be kind enough to share with me how your tips on how to properly take care of your wet and dry flys after a day on the water?

    Thank you.
  2. Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    There's only one thing you shouldn't do, and that's store them wet in a metal box. Normally, I'll let flies dry on a foam patch in the boat, sling pack, etc. Hang 'em on the visor of your truck - that adds tons of style and mojo to your fishing karma.
  3. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Let them air dry so that the hooks and/or box does not rust. Unsure putting them on your visor does anything except keep you from being fly free when you forget to load or pack your box...then it is a trip saver!
  4. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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  5. Brennen Busse Member

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    Thanks for the advice all. Good to have redundancy in the event of forgetting the box at home. Happy New Year
  6. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    My overhead in my truck is loaded with fly's that I have used and cut off. If I'm sitting in my truck and wonder what to use I just look up and choose. I have dries, nymph's and WB's stuck there. All barb-less of course.
  7. Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    I use foam soft boxes and have had no problems with rusting hooks.
  8. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    About the only way you end up with rusty hooks is to leave them soaking in Water or fish in the Salt. I usually just put them back into my box if I'm fishing in fresh water. They never seem to rust on me.
  9. Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    For the day: I put them in a small empty pocket of my vest. One with a mesh front is even better. That at least starts them drying. At home I put them into the coils of my tying lamp's support spring, or in the dust jackets of shelved books, or just loose on a table, overnight. Before putting them back in a box, primp them with your fingers, like your mother straightening out your cowlick. Untangle the feathers and twist the wings back to proper orientation. Resharpen points if needed.