By Louis Cahill
Have you ever put a saltwater fly back in you box while it was still wet from fishing?
If you have, you know the heartache of finding a bunch of your best patterns ruined by the salt you locked in there. It’s no fun. If you’re fishing on your own boat, you probably have a drying patch but if you’re wading or fishing with a guide, it’s hard to find a good place to store your used patterns. They too often end up lost or thrown away. Even if you keep up with them, it’s a pain to wash and dry them later.
I learned a good trick to save those veteran flies from one of the guides at Abaco Lodge. Just drink half a bottle of water, and save the rest. When you change flies drop them in the bottle. Your flies get rinsed and are all together in one easy-to-remember place. Lay them out to dry when you get back and put them back in the box the next morning.
Don’t ruin or discard any more saltwater flies. And don’t get your water bottles mixed up and swallow any either. That’s the fish’s job.Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!