Trucos de montaje

Fly Dryers
By Bob Stuart

FLYDRYER made from a film cannister, a piece of nylon window screen and a length of old flyline.

I got the idea for this from the March/April, 1993 issue of The American Angler. Charles Byers of Fairview Heights, Illinois had an article on making these fly dryers in the Tying Tips section of the magazine. I use Mr. Byers' method with a couple changes. I use nylon screen, old fly line in place of monofilament and smaller windows. Here's how I make a fly dryer:

The materials are a empty film cannister with cap, a 4 in. X 1 3/4 in. piece of nylon window screen and a 16in. length of old flyline. The flyline should be cut with a taper at each end. I use a candle to heat a home made bodkin, with which I make holes in the cannister. Homemade bodkin because the holes must be big enough to let the fly line pass through. I made mine from a piece of stiff wire and a dowell.

First make 2 diametrically opposite holes in the cannister cap, about 1/8 in. from the edges. Put the cap on the cannister (for the 1st one you make) and put 2 holes, about 1/4 in. apart, in the cannister directly under each cap hole. See the cannister on the LEFT of the picture. The fly line will go through these holes.

See the 2nd cannister from the LEFT in the picture. The 4 holes in the middle of the cannister are at the corners of a rectangular "window." There will be 2 windows, one on each side of the cannister. These holes are also made with the heated bodkin.

I cut the windows with a utility knife, starting at the holes and trimming to get about a 1/2 in. X 5/8 in. window. See the 2nd cannister from the RIGHT.

Now place the screen inside the cannister. It will overlap a bit. Position this overlap at 2 of the flyline holes. Push one end of the flyline thru the bottom hole and thru the overlapped screen from the outside of the cannister. This is a bit tricky, the taper cut should help. Push about 2 inches thru and tie an overhand knot in the line. Then pull it back so the knot stays inside. Now thread the line thru the top hole and overlapped screen into the cannister. Thread the line up thru a cap hole and down thru the other cap hole. Thread the line thru the screen and top hole (from inside) of the cannister, then thru the bottom hole and screen into the cannister. Tie a knot. Pull the line back and the fly dryer is finished. Slide the cap down the line unto the cannister.

Loop the line unto your vest and use the dryer instead of the wool patch. ~ Bob Stuart

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