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: Straightening hackles

03-01-2003, 01:25 AM
I`ve got dozens of flies left over from last season. After sitting in cases for so long the hackles are all curled, is there any way to straighten them out? Really, I`m talking about 6 or 7 dozen , never been used flies.

03-01-2003, 01:55 AM
Steam works wonders for flies. Try holding them over a tea kettle and that should give them new life.


03-01-2003, 06:08 AM
Run them under hot tap water, let dry on paper towel.

Doc Duprey
03-01-2003, 08:55 AM

Hot water trick is saferand works well. IF you hold the hackle too close to the steam from the tea kettle, you'll damage/destroy it.

Unless your water heater is turned way up, the hot, running tap water method is a winner.

Best regards and see you on the water!


03-01-2003, 09:39 AM
I've had good results with the hot tap water method on flatwings.