07-28-2010, 03:13 PM
Re: Cleaning & Drying Flies
What I do is after I rinse the fly off in the water, I'll then dab it dry in my bandanna.
Then I'll dip it in desiccant crystals, after which I may or may not reapply floatant.
You can buy desiccant prepackaged for fly fishing, but what I do is reuse those little white packets (that say "do not eat"
) that come in everything from electronics to vitamins. I like to pulverize the crystals in a coffee grinder, but if you don't they'll work almost as well.
Take the crystals out of the little bag and put them in a pill bottle. When you need to dry your fly, just drop just it in the bottle (while still on the tippet) and shake.
You should be good to go, even without reapplying floatant.
When your desiccant becomes too saturated, you can recharge it with a short zap in the microwave.
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