Re: Fly maintenance
It's funny you mention this Gator.
I brought my boat bag that houses all my fly boxes in yesterday with the intention of sorting through all the boxes and steaming any flies that may be a bit deformed.
I recently bought like 15doz flies (It was a really good buy on some 'Rainy's' flies@ $7 a dozen) and need to find a spot for them in the mess, now I just need to take an objective look at some of the flies that I never use and remove them to make room for the others. lol
As far as cleaning your flies. Frank had a great suggestion last Spring in another thread about 'Steaming' them, and that was to put a few in a mesh strainer and gently shake them above the steam. Be careful though, that steam can get very hot and burn poly wings or damage delicate feathers such as CDC if you get too close.
"I've never missed a Steelhead by waiting too long. It's true, but I've missed plenty trying to set the hook too quickly." Dec Hogan 'A Passion For Steelhead'