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Best way to dry wet flies


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#1 Swampfoxforeman

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 04:49 PM

When you are out fishing and change to a different fly what do you do with your fly so it will dry fly patch?

#2 mikechell

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 05:19 PM

I don't worry about it.  I've got one compartment in my box that is empty when I start the day.  It's where all my take-off flies go.  My box isn't "water proof" so they dry out in there, just fine.


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#3 niveker

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 06:46 PM

I never worry about drying flies until I get off the water. 

 

I put the used/wet fly back in one of my fly boxes facing the opposite direction.  If its a dry fly, I will shake in will fumed silica first.  When I get home, I throw the wet/used flies on a foam mat that sits on my tying desk.  When they're dry, I brush/fluff them out if needed, and put them back in the box they originally came from.   



#4 vicente

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 07:53 PM

My bag has a foam pad in the front compartment my wet flys go there along with a few of my most used patterns for easy access.

#5 Mark Knapp

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 09:07 PM

I just shake them off and put them back in my sealed box, where they came from. When I get back to the tent, cabin, or home I open the box and let the whole thing dry out.

 

It's usually not a problem for me though, I usually lose all my flies in the bushes so I don't have to worry about drying them. smile.png



#6 Poopdeck

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 07:13 AM

A wine cork hanging from my lanyard. Sometimes I lose one from the cork but I don't care. For really big flies when I have my pack I Also use a foam hanger located on the inside of a front pocket.

#7 flytire

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 08:43 AM

a false cast or two, blow on the fly and put them back in your fly box


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#8 SilverCreek

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 10:33 AM

Buy a pin on wool or foam fly patch for your fly fishing vest or pack.

 

If you fish all barbless, buy a patch that will securely hold barbless flies.

 

https://www.bearsden.com/page861.html


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#9 Swampfoxforeman

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 11:13 AM

Thank yall for your suggestions

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 01:23 PM

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#11 mikechell

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 05:03 PM

a false cast or two, blow on the fly and put them back in your fly box

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"Blow on the fly" won't work for everyone.  We're not all as full of hot air as you, flytire.  wink.png


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#12 Philly

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 08:55 PM

I've lost few flies from foam patch on my vest because they're barbless.  These days I just drop them in a small pocket in my vest and sort and dry them out when I get home.


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Posted 21 January 2020 - 01:04 AM

I have a plastic box (a Sucrets box when they were making them from plastic) into which I've drilled a number of holes. I put wet flies into it, and it goes into the ventilated inner pocket of my vest.  The flies dry quickly.


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#14 niveker

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 07:31 AM

I read somewhere about taping a small sack of silica pellets that you get in some packages onto the inside of a fly box to help dry it out.    

 

I tried it briefly, but didn't like it, as it sometimes would mess with the profile of my flies.  



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Posted 21 January 2020 - 08:27 AM

https://www.blueribb...5244&quantity=1

 

Above is what I use. I've had it for over 5 years. It's $20, but who deserves it more than I? I don't buy the replacement foam. I find a foam patch that fits and glue it down. I've also drilled some holes in small plastic  boxes. etc. It's all good and depends on your preference.