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Old 10-06-2008, 07:16 PM
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Hi ... I have searched here, the web and talked to fly shops to no avail on how to clean flies. Mine looks as if Moby Dick has been gumming them. I only use Gink (non-silicone) as floatant. Suggestions? Zene
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I've never had this issue, but I do have an idea: Cocktail shaker. You'll likely need to use multiple loads of fresh water to get all the gunk off, but I could see it working fairly well.
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You might want to try a powder or crystal desiccant like Loon's Top Ride Desiccant (there are a bunch of other ones out there too, any will do). Just plop a fly in the bottle and give it a shake or two. It will pull out the moisture and slime.

After they've been deslimed you can restore the shape of flies over a steam kettle if they look bedraggled. If you do the steam thing, put them somewhere to dry out before you put them back in your box to keep them from rusting, or give the a quick shake in the desiccant.

To fish, just reapply floatant.

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Default Re: Cleaning flies (not house)

Thanks much guys, I will definitely give your suggestions a try. Here fishy fishy!
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Zene-

You might want to try a powder or crystal desiccant like Loon's Top Ride Desiccant (there are a bunch of other ones out there too, any will do). Just plop a fly in the bottle and give it a shake or two. It will pull out the moisture and slime.

After they've been deslimed you can restore the shape of flies over a steam kettle if they look bedraggled. If you do the steam thing, put them somewhere to dry out before you put them back in your box to keep them from rusting, or give the a quick shake in the desiccant.

To fish, just reapply floatant.

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What he said...

Also, you might want to try going a lighter on the Gink.
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Hi ... I have searched here, the web and talked to fly shops to no avail on how to clean flies. Mine looks as if Moby Dick has been gumming them. I only use Gink (non-silicone) as floatant. Suggestions? Zene


Zene,

You're gonna have to trust me on this one..........and let everyone know how you make out.

Steam, put water in tea pot, bring to a gentle boil, hold flies with forceps or tweezers and place into the stream of steam coming from the kettle's spout.

Magically the fly will begin to resemble like new condition!

I hope you try this, to paraphrase the Late Hunter S. Thompson "although I can't recommend it for everyone it's always worked for me" he was not talking about steaming his flies.

Happy Steaming everyone
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