Dry flies that are coated with old floatant that have matted hackles can easily be brought back to life by carefully steaming them over the stream of a teakettle spout. Be very careful when doing this because you can get a bad burn from this hot steam. I use very long tweezers or a tea strainer but I am still very careful. Set your revived flies aside, well spaced out for two days, then you can return them to your fly boxes.
This Fly Fishing Podcast covers an often neglected aspect in fly fishing: Winterizing your fly fishing tackle.
As the season is winding down we need to be careful about how we clean our fly fishing tackle so that it last for seasons to come. In this post Harry discusses his technqiues for cleaning fly rods, fly reels, vest, flies and more along with little tidbits that have helped him in years past.