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    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.

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    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!

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    Where did I put that tea pot?

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    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.

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    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

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    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!

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    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

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    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.

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