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: New guy with a question

07-29-2013, 01:32 PM
Hi... new here!

I have been taking the fly tying lessons at LLBean and having fun with it but, never got around to buying a kit. Well over the weekend I scored an entire kit from a CL listing for $30. All the basic tools, lots of materials, all in a big 4 drawer Plano box.

Problem is when I got it home, I noticed a musty smell. In brighter light, I could see many of the bags the materials are in had mold on and some in them. I immediately rebagged everything and cleaned out the box.

The furs and feathers look clean and in great shape.
My question is... Is there a way to kill the mold on the skins? Its not really bad, but enough to still carry an odor.

07-31-2013, 08:23 PM
Salt and Borax are used to dry out various skins, might work for the mold, as well.

Greg H
08-03-2013, 11:50 AM
Wash all the suspect materials in a mild solution of shampoo. Hang or layout on newspaper to dry. The materials will smell better, be softer to use, and be shinier. (No kidding!) If you use a bucket or laundry tub for the washing you will be surprised at the amount of grit and oil you will remove. Once when washing a pheasant skin I ended up with about a tablespoon of sand.
Members at the club to which I belong even follow up with conditioner on the squirrel tails - it is hair after all.