Part Fourty-two

Drying Wet Flies
By George E. Emanuel

Unless you possess the prowess of a Dahl Sheep, you are already familiar with the sensation of getting a good dunking from time to time. It is doubtful that even one of those magnificent creatures could balance themselves on some of the greased bowling balls that make up the bottom in many of our streams.

For the most part with any luck, only our pride is injured, and our gear gets wet, but we somehow survive the experience!

However, if you are unfortunate enough to thoroughly dowse your fly boxes and flies a rather large investment in time or money may be lost to the evil influence of rust.

You must get your flies dried as quickly as possible after such a dunking in order to avoid total calamity.

First things first, get out of the wet clothes and hang up what needs hanging up.

Now, go to the window and open it wide. Remove the screen. Do not jump out, the situation is not that bad yet.

Lay your fly boxes, open, on the table. Place the screen over the open boxes.

Now, get the blow dryer and set it on a lower setting and blow your flies dry. Make sure the screen is on top of them before you start, otherwise you may be jumping out of that window after all.

With all of the time we invest in tying flies, they are certainly worth an hour or so of our time to save. I unfortunately am a klutz of the first magnitude, and my flies have been wet more than once, but I am happy to say they have all survived these experiences.

In fact I think I heard a Wooley Bugger telling a Royal Wulff that he looked forward to his Saturday bath!

Have a great day, and remember, keep the felt in contact with the rocks!

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas too!~ George E. Emanuel (Chat Room Host Muddler)

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