I have been spending many hours by the water recently and usually try a lot of flies before I find what is working on a particular day. The question is: what to do with all the flies that got wet after I used them? I reckon that I should dry them, but is there any nice way to do it before putting them back into my fly box?

Edit: attaching them to hats seems to be a popular option, but what if I don't want to damage my hat or if I don't wear one?

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    Attach them to your hat? Commented Jul 12, 2015 at 23:58
  • That would help if I wore a hat and wanted to damage it :)
    – Kenji
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 12:07
  • wearing a hat will help cut down glare and enable you to see into the water more easily.
    – tjjjohnson
    Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 2:48

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This type of dry fly floatant powder is quite effective at drying off smaller flies. I believe it's the same silica gel that is used to keep packaged electronics dry.

But I typically just press flies between folds of a cotton t-shirt briefly. This will draw most of the water out and restore "floatability" to the fly. It should also leave it dry enough to put back into storage.

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    Yes all of these dry shake/desiccant products are very effective at drying flies of a variety of sizes. I usually apply a gel such as gink to help it repel water after that.
    – tjjjohnson
    Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 2:47

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