I’m not sure if I’ve already posted this little tip in the past but even if I have I reckon it’s worth posting again. Last night I spent some time emptying the fly patch on my waistcoat to get ready for Gairloch and many of the flies were in a sorry state. Hackles, wings, tails were all bent out of shape or flattened down to the hook. What I did last night, as I always do, is to rack them all up on a 10 inch piece of closed cell foam and hold them over a boiling kettle. It’s miraculous, all the fibres spring back into place as if you’d just tied them. I still managed to bin nearly 50 other flies though in a brutal purge of my boxes. Some were tied nearly 20 years ago and had never been used! They were all poorly tied or had fallen to pieces but had remained in my boxes through pure nostalgia and reluctance to see my hard work wasted. Painful….
- Sitting pretty!
- More prep for Gairloch