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    Hey, I was wondering... What do you guys do with your wet (read used) streamers, like buggers/clousers/deceivers etc, after you remove them from your tippet/leader? Do you put them back in the box with the dry streamers, or use a drying patch, or do you have a separate receptacle for them and plan to dry them later, or something else?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Manning, S. C. (formerly MD)

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    IMO, it's never a good idea to place a wet fly in a fly box with other flies. That's a good way to get rusty hooks. I usually stick them in my hat, ( debarbed hooks of course) or if fishing from a watercraft I have a foam block I stick them in to dry. A drying patch is a good idea too.

    You can quick dry them with silica powder, which is or at least used to be sold for drying dry flies. It's simply a finer form of silica gel desiccants, which is used to keep moisture away from a lot of things. If the fly is too large to fit in the container that the powder comes in, then a larger container would be needed.

    I save those small bags of silica gel when I get them & keep several in fly boxes & boxes of hooks to help prevent rusting.
    Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!

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    Directly after use I hook em on a foam patch usually on my wading jacket or on the outside of a chest pack. I don't even put them back in the foam on a work bench.

    Patch then comes off velcro and sits in garage to air dry. Pluck and fluff and then back into box.

    Besides, I like to see what flies I tried throughout the day.
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    Oct 2007
    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
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    Always the odd one of the lot, I put them back wherever I got them. I use a wool fleece wallet for feather wings and aluminum clip boxes for salmon flies. I've never had a rust problem with large hooks but a damp or wet dry fly box filled with fine wire hooks will cause heartbreak.


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    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

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    For my saltwater streamers I have a separate, perforated plastic, Plano type box for the wet ones. Those need to get the salt rinsed out so they need to be separated anyway.

    My trout streamers go on my vest patch, and if they're still wet at the end of the day, they they get transferred to the patch Velcro-ed to the dashboard of the truck

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    Jan 2013
    Brookline, MA

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    So this explains why my hooks get all rusty.......

    Well played oxidation.....

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    Aug 2007
    Grand canyon of Pa.

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    I lose to many to ever worry about drying. The one i don't lose is given to a friend or hung in van somewhere. You should see the paneling in there at the end of the fishing season....
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    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    A Scot in Sherman Connecticut

    Default Re: Wet Streamers

    I put them on my fly patch, so normally by the time I'm home they are pretty much dry and ready to go back in the box. Truth be told they tend to stay on the patch until my next trip

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    Jan 2013
    Brookline, MA

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    I had the same problem until I got a bunch of extra ear piercings. Now I just wear all my flies until they dry out. I wish I could stop forgetting to de-barb them though.....

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    Sep 2010
    Southern Vermont

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    I use the Cliff Head Liner. It fits right onto the visor of your vehicle. Works and looks great.

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