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: Micorwaves for flytyers!!!

12-30-2004, 10:27 AM
Hello everyone, as you can probably gather I'm a new member. It's great to see so many people interested in fly fishing.

Probably like many other fly tyer's, we all swap feathers and bits an peices. I have a massive collection going and lend and swap quite alot of bits. I know of quite a few people who have had their prized fluff eaten by moths! One way myself and another guy work arround it is to microwave new, old ect... feathers and fluff. I tried it with one guys moth eaten cock cape and the grubs fell out cooked!

Hope this saves someones fly tying gear!


12-31-2004, 10:15 AM
did the man catch more or less fish with microwaved materials :)

01-01-2005, 10:56 AM
Large re-useable vacuum "compression" bags for "storing" bulky stuff can protect your costly treasures from re-infestation...
Another option is to drop a few moth-ball (naptha) in the bottom of a large Rubbermaid bin...
If you have concerns about any lingering chem scent...rub sealweed/rock slime over the fly prior to drowning it to make for a more phish tastey offering...

01-04-2005, 04:46 AM
They guy who showed me this hasn't said if his catches have fallen. I know he had a very productive year last year. I have also started to use a microwave for buzzing any critters in new or swapped fluff and I haven't noticed my catches fall off either. I also use Mothballs and bags after micorwaving. Thanks for the replies guys.


01-04-2005, 05:50 AM
I have a higher than typical repulsion to napthalene and never use moth balls but airtight containers do the trick for me whether snaptight bins or ziptop bags. I haven't experienced any bugs in the materials since going to them. These bins and bags go into the Iris brand plastic roller shelves while at home and I pack travel tying kits into my suitcase for trips.

It's mostly the skins that are problematic. I have owned two blue-eared pheasant skins in my day, one was tanned as dry as crepe paper and gave me no problems, the other still had meat on it (figuratively) and rotted quickly. Bucktails are bad too. Many of my old bucktail patterns were for stripers and I have gone to synthetics for much of the niche they filled. I have a golden pheasant crest that stil has the damn beak on it but the hide is tanned so well it's outlasted dozens of other skins prepared incorrectly.

I would imagine the vaccum attachment to my foodsaver for mason jars would provide an airtight storage method for expensive feathers and stinky bucktails that would be hard to beat.

Nooksack Mac
01-08-2005, 02:45 AM
I protect my fly tying materials from not only insects but rodents by the simple expedient of storing them in GI 50-cal. ammo boxes. Their clamp-down lids would probably repell a wolverine. Four of them hold most of my vulnerable materials, labeled Loose Feathers, Feathers on Skins, Pelts, and Body-Tinsels. These cans can often be bought from war-surplus dealers for $4-$5 apiece.