Fly Fishing for Trout Home
User Password
or register.
Scientific name search:

> > Steamed flies

LeakywadersDecember 19th, 2008, 10:06 am
New England

Posts: 43
A lot of my dry flies have bent hackles and need to be steamed. I have always held them one at a time over a tea pot with a spout. When I told Anne that we needed a tea pot with a spout, she said (gory details omitted) to put them all in a double boiler and steam them all at once. Will that work, or will the flies get fried? Anne has a fear that I'll spend all winter steaming flies in the kitchen. I think she just wants me to make cookies.
Drag free??? If the fly didn't drag, I wouldn't know where it was!!
SofthackleDecember 19th, 2008, 11:23 am
Site Editor
Wellsville, NY

Posts: 540
I'm not sure the double boiler is a good idea, however, I've often put a few in a good sized tea strainer/sieve and steamed them over a simmering kettle (with a spout). We have a whistling metal kettle that works very well. At a simmer, it doesn't whistle quite as much, but it puts out a stream.

"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

Flymphs, Soft-hackles and Spiders:
JADDecember 19th, 2008, 12:10 pm
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
I think steaming your old flies is a good idea. I recondition my flies at the end of the year. Your from the neck of the woods that you should recognize the name Ray Bergman. In his book Trout Mr Bergman has a dry fly cleaner and floatant that is made from white gas(Colman )and wax. I think it the best that ever been made,been using it for 40 years but then I'm from the old school.


They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cocks wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
Shawnny3December 19th, 2008, 5:09 pm
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Steaming them should be fine for most, but dye colors can bleed and fade from the steam. So I wouldn't put any flies in together that might stain each other or any flies with materials of different colors that you don't want blending together.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis

Quick Reply

You have to be logged in to post on the forum. It's this easy:
Username:          Email:

Password:    Confirm Password:

I am at least 13 years old and agree to the rules.

Related Discussions

TitleRepliesLast Reply
Re: Bamboo rod stuff
In Gear Talk by Roguerat
8Apr 23, 2012
by Roguerat
Re: Softhackle Sulphur Emergers
In General Discussion by Bobbyg
4May 17, 2010
by CaseyP
Re: Non Aquatic ID
In the Identify This! Board by JOHNW
5Jul 15, 2011
by Jmd123
Re: Hex nymph behavior
In the Mayfly Species Hexagenia limbata by Millerpa
9Dec 5, 2008
by Beardius
Re: Tricos
In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
5Jul 21, 2008
by Martinlf
Re: Old Nerversink River
In by Mtvernon
4Dec 14, 2017
by Davem
Re: Where EXACTLY Do The Little Yellow Stones Emerge???
In General Discussion by Demtrout
8Aug 23, 2016
by PaulRoberts
Vallas New Book The Classic Dry Fly Box
In General Discussion by Flymom
Re: Good Books
In General Discussion by TedderX
2Jun 4, 2016
by FlyGuy123
Re: Odd Question:
In General Discussion by Mrjesusjunk
3Sep 19, 2013
by Wbranch
Most Recent Posts
Re: Long-time reader, never-time poster? Start here!
In General Discussion by Troutnut (Martinlf replied)
Armstrong & Nelson's Spring Creek
In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
Re: Trico Spinner, as requested
In the Identify This! Board by Gutcutter (Partsman replied)
Re: When the hatch don't match
In General Discussion by Red_green_h (Taoski replied)
Re: any tips on the UP of Michigan?
In General Discussion by Roguerat (Partsman replied)
Re: New stream side friends
In the Photography Board by Rfberan (Stickstring replied)
Re: Trico Tips
In the Mayfly Genus Tricorythodes by Martinlf
Re: Deer hair daddy long legs dry fly
In Fly Tying by Coha (Martinlf replied)
Re: Trico emergers
In the Mayfly Genus Tricorythodes by Bwoklink (Martinlf replied)
Re: trico education
In General Discussion by Lastchance (Martinlf replied)