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FreepowMay 31st, 2008, 8:39 pm
menomonie, WI

Posts: 83
Here's a question...I dropped my fly box in the river a couple weeks ago and forgot to leave it open that evening to dry out the flies. Now, I am finding rust on some of the hooks. Is there anyway to clean up the flies after this has happened? Does this have any affect on the fish (i.e., can they taste the rust) if I use these flies? I am quite disappointed in myself but I think this is one of those lessons you learn once...and only once. Any ideas would be great. Thanks.
"I fish...because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip..."
WbranchJune 1st, 2008, 3:45 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2723
Take memory lessons - why didn't you immediately get out of the river and get tissues to blot off the water?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
WiflyfisherJune 1st, 2008, 4:18 am

Posts: 644
That is a bummer! Try some really fine sandpaper for metal to see if you can lightly rub it off.
John S.
FreepowJune 1st, 2008, 4:43 pm
menomonie, WI

Posts: 83
I didn't get off the river right away because I was quite far from my, the fish were rising and being very active and I was mesmerized by that. I had never had hooks rust on me before and didn't even think about it. It will be a lesson learned only once.
"I fish...because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip..."
BGrnFlyfishJune 2nd, 2008, 4:14 pm

Posts: 37
Atleast you didn't lose your fly box!!
Seth-Big Green River, WI
TrtklrJune 4th, 2008, 2:40 pm

Posts: 115
put a little oil on a rag and rub the rag on the hook and eyelet only!
then put all flies with any rust on them in a seperate container from your good flies. rust believe it or not will spread.
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.
DucfatJune 12th, 2008, 12:35 am
Posts: 10ip my fipth grade edumacation memory serves me right, i would have blotted off the flies to dry them instead of filling them with water to bloat them. give the guy a break, he's looking for advice.

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