Little comment on the washing of hands article
in your tying tips:
I also wrote article similar to it - ONLY my point
of washing hands was after tying flies, and
during the tying process.
It is because of all the chemicals used to keep moths and
other bugs off the materials. And we all know how
hard they are to exterminate, when they get
Back when - a fly tyer I knew became very ill and the
doctor was months treating him, to no avail. Then by
chance he mentioned to Doctor that he had a bunch of
flies to tie and get out before week was up. With
that remark Doctor re-diagnosed him and started treating
him for some type of poisoning. In short - he did
I was always told to make damn sure I kept fingers out
of my mouth when tying and make sure I scrubbed then good
I had adhered to that practice for over 55 years now.
It's one of the first things I present to all students
in fly tying classes. ~ Bill Millard
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