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    Default Cleaning flies???

    I use Shimizaki dry shake and that gets my flies pretty gummed up after a few uses. Is there any way to save these flies? :-?

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    Default Re: Cleaning flies???

    I've heard steam does a good job of rejuvenating mangled flies. Never tried it myself though...I usually just cut off the materials and reuse the hook if it is still good or throw it away if it has started to rust.
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    Default Re: Cleaning flies???

    Yeah, Ive heard something about steaming flies too. I think it was about rejuvenating messed up hackle or something like that.

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    Default Re: Cleaning flies???

    Busted out the steam shark today and guess what... It worked. I put the flies in the vice, blasted them with steam and presto chango... clean flies! The only component that was stubborn was cowtail, everything else cleaned up easy! Thanks guys!

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    I used the shake for a while, still do some, but I've developed a new preference for drying/treating and man do my flies last longer. I sprung for an Amadu (sp?) patch to dry the fly, then brush on a little frog's fanny powder. It takes a few seconds longer, but if I'm using a hot fly, it sure lasts longer and stays on top of the water longer. This steam idea sounds like a winner. Good idea, thanks.
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