The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussions regarding fly fishing as a whole. Ask questions. Get answers...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 11-24-2008, 12:51 PM
Hardyreels's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
Posts: 11,384
Blog Entries: 69
Hardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to Hardyreels Send a message via Skype™ to Hardyreels
Default Steam Cleaning Dry Flies

I just responded to a question about how to clean your flies and thought I'd post here for the group.

I have been restoring my flies for as long as I can recall by holding them with forceps over the spout of a tea pot. This will reclaim flies that have been slimed, crushed and otherwise abused. Hackle collars will stand out again and the tails will straiten right out like new. Try it over tea this evening.

Let me know if you like the results.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 11-24-2008, 06:31 PM
Jackster's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: NC
Posts: 1,641
Jackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant futureJackster has a brilliant future
Default Re: Steam Cleaning Dry Flies

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
I just responded to a question about how to clean your flies and thought I'd post here for the group.

I have been restoring my flies for as long as I can recall by holding them with forceps over the spout of a tea pot. This will reclaim flies that have been slimed, crushed and otherwise abused. Hackle collars will stand out again and the tails will straiten right out like new. Try it over tea this evening.

Let me know if you like the results.

Great hint!
I've been doing that for years. Instead of individual flies though I just hold the entire opened fly box over the steam. Make sure you let them air dry before closing the box though... rusted hooks can result!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 11-24-2008, 07:22 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 313
OldMan will become famous soon enoughOldMan will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Steam Cleaning Dry Flies

Where did I put that tea pot?
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 11-25-2008, 07:22 PM
Jimmie's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Upper Mojave Desert
Posts: 1,791
Jimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant future
Default Re: Steam Cleaning Dry Flies

Great tip Ard. Thanks.
There's a store called "Tuesday Morning" that sells a Campbell Hausfeld handheld auto steamer for 19.99. I got one for auto detailing. It works quickly. Holds 18 oz of H2O, heats in 30 secs, steams continously for 20 minutes. Might be perfect for flies.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 06-16-2011, 12:55 AM
Hardyreels's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
Posts: 11,384
Blog Entries: 69
Hardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to Hardyreels Send a message via Skype™ to Hardyreels
Default Re: Steam Cleaning Dry Flies

Just a reminder for you guys and gals who are getting your dry flies all loaded with fish slime right now.

Steam them back to shape,

Ard
__________________
Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard

The Alaska Fishing & Outdoors Blog;
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 06-18-2011, 08:29 AM
Brewmaster's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Posts: 327
Brewmaster is just really niceBrewmaster is just really niceBrewmaster is just really niceBrewmaster is just really nice
Default Re: Steam Cleaning Dry Flies

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
Just a reminder for you guys and gals who are getting your dry flies all loaded with fish slime right now.

Steam them back to shape,

Ard
Hey Ard...I just HOPE that is my biggest problem - e.g. getting all my dry flies LOADED with fish slime beause I have been catching soooo many!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 06-18-2011, 09:35 AM
araitim's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lansing, Mi
Posts: 165
araitim is just really nicearaitim is just really nicearaitim is just really nicearaitim is just really nice
Default Re: Steam Cleaning Dry Flies

thank you H for posting and bumping this post, it never occured to me to steam a fly so i never did a search for it. great tip
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 06-18-2011, 09:55 AM
fyshstykr's Avatar
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Plain City, Utah.
Posts: 4,393
Blog Entries: 1
fyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond reputefyshstykr has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Steam Cleaning Dry Flies

Just remember that steam heat is very hot. If you get too close, for too long, it can very easily damage synthetic materials such as poly wings, wing post, or trailing shucks.

Don't be scared to do a good steaming on your flies just be watchful.
__________________
John.

*Comments posted above are only my opinion. I may be right....ehhh.....I'm certain they're wrong. Take 'em for what they're worth.*



Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carp Fishing kerryssz General Discussion 13 03-05-2012 01:45 PM
LL Bean, Kudos and New Double L review GRN Fly Rods 1 02-20-2008 12:22 PM
Ever had : "Never had a bite" tie one on General Discussion 7 07-10-2007 03:34 PM
Hollister, California Fly Fisherman Patrick Marshall Member Introductions 1 06-15-2007 03:15 PM
Arkansas River Report 6/17/05 - Salida, Colorado Fish Bones Rocky Mountain Range 1 06-21-2005 07:58 AM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:24 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.