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    Default Synthetic hair and rust

    Has anyone else noticed how stainless hook flies tied with synthetic hair (Ultrahair, Congo Hair, Super Hair, etc) tend to rust? Even if they've never been wetted, sitting in a fly box in a humid garage the s/s hook eyes and shanks will take on a rusty coating, and the hair will discolor. Even saltwater doesn't do this to them using real bucktail. Is this some sort of chemical or galvanic reaction? I kind of like tying with synthetics, but it's just not worth it if my flies are going to rust before I use them.

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    I find this hard to believe and never seen this on my flies with Stainless hooks. It has to be humidity problem.

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    I don't seem to have any problems with my salt water flies. But I have all my salt water flies in a waterproof box and our humidity isn't a problem here.

    Beaver

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    I'll take some pictures next chance I get. I have brand new Ultra Hair Clousers sitting next to bucktail Clousers in the same box, and the UHC's are rusty after one summer, the BTC's are fine. Maybe it's a combination of the synthetic hair and the CC foam I used to line the box? Something's sure going on.

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    Do you take the time to wash them down with water after they been used in the saltwater? That could be a possibilty.

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    Yes, I always do.
    But as I said, these are brand new, never wetted flies.

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