The job was done, the flies were tied and the heads were
drying. Now what? Wait a while, that's the way I do it.
I wait until the next day until they are good and dry,
then I 'dunk' them. In what? Fly floatant, of course.
I use a product called Gorilla-Proof, but you may have
your 'pet' favorite. How I do it is the subject of all
of this. I usually tie a whole bunch of flies at a setting,
not always the same pattern, but enough flies to make it
This is what works for me. I have a pencil looking thing which
is a magnet, not a very strong one, (you don't want to magnetize
your flies, they will stick together) and I poke it into the
loose flies, take whatever sticks and 'dunk' them into the
open bottle of floatant. Tap the stick a couple of times,
or let it drip, and pluck the flies off onto a paper towel
that lines the inside of a cake pan. The pan has sides so
a breeze will not remove the flies. A few minutes to dry
and into the fly box they go. Works for me. ~ JC
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the
Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.
If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along.
Someone else thought up most of this material before we did,
they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just
forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us
share with each other, all the things we know!
~ Steven H.
McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)