GEAR PREP BASICS
There are only so many flies you can tie during this time. So, to get ready for when we are once again allowed out onto the water, here is a quick rundown of some basic maintenance you can do on your gear to make sure it’s in top shape:
Fly line loops and braided loops
These will perish after a few trips; you will need to replace or redo the loops every now again. I like looping my fly line and use two nail knots to make my loop, these tend to get damaged and will need to be redone more often than a braided loop. Sinking lines tend to perish the quickest, having a thin coating and generally we fish a straight mono leader, having the thin line stripping the coating of the fly line.
The name says it all…Replace often, I generally keep mono for 6-8 months. Being relatively inexpensive, it does not get to me to see it chucked in the recycling bin or repurposed for anti-fouling guards on my flies.
Take the time to carefully clean out the joins with a earbud. Scary what can come out of there.
Throw them in a bucket 1% bleach solution or Milton and leave for a few hours, we do not want to spread unwanted aquatic hitch hikers. It is incredibly important to dry them out properly after a trip, remove the innersole if possible and dry out in a shaded area, this may take multiple days to dry.
Turn inside out to air out, do the same once the inside is completely dry. Obviously in a shaded area. Hang up with a coat hanger do not hang up by the shoulder straps, these will stretch over time. Some baby powder does wonders for soaking up any last bits of dampness and smell.
Fly boxes and flies
Place all the flies used on the trip on a paper towel to dry, even if they seem dry the thread along the shank of the hook could still be wet and rust the hook. Open and out fly boxes for a day.