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Discussing fishing flies, trout flies, salmon flies, fly fishing gear and equipment, Idaho and Montana fishing rivers, NW rivers, fly tying and fly fishing trips. Over 50 years experience in fly fishing, best flies, fly tying, fly fishing techniques, fish stories, directions to rivers and lakes and great fly fishing tall tales with special communications from area guides.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sticky Ferrules

Sticky Ferrules” as contributed by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho FlyFishers Blog. After a long day of fly fishing Idaho, ever notice how difficult it frequently is to separate your rod at the ferrules so you can pack it away again for your next fly fishing outing? If you pull, there is too much friction and suction at the ferrules sometimes to separate the sections. If you twist the graphite, it will sometimes splinter ruining your expensive fly rod thereby making it totally unusable. You may have to replace the broken section or perhaps the entire rod. I never have this problem!

Fall on the North Platte River 2012

Alaskan Humpy 2002
Sebum is “skin oil” produced by sebaceous glands and serves to waterproof, protect and moisturize your skin. Teenagers with acne have an excess production of sebum which causes blemishes and is why their faces always look oily. The face is the one area of the body where this oil is produced copiously during most of a person’s life. The next time you go out, try taking the male end of your ferrules and rolling them several complete 360’s along your cheek before putting them together. Do this with each rod section and you will never have trouble with “sticky ferrules” again. Granted, there may still be a little suction at the connection, but usually a gentle constant pull will break this and the sections will separate nicely. 

White R. Arkansas Rainbow 1991
Even when you add the facial “skin oil”, your rod will not separate while casting any more than normal. Sorry, I have yet to figure out a way to solve this problem. Little pearls like this can save you a lot of frustration and perhaps even a fly rod or two over the years. 

Idaho fly fishing is beginning to slow a little now that fall has arrived. But the foliage is beautiful and the air is crisp. Hatches are few and far between except for an occasional mayfly midge hatch when the sun warms up the air temp above 50 degrees. Wooly buggers and other colorful streamers seem to be the best choice for good action. I just had a really good day on the Bull River,MT in my float tube stripping streamers in a deep hole full of cutthroat trout.
Nantahala R Gorge., NC 1995

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ADDENDUM: I was fishing with some friends on the Big Horn in October when one of them got a ferrule stuck. He had properly applied the above technique and the ferrule stuck anyway and his new rod had to be returned. Some research revealed that this can happen with graphite, although it has never personally happened to me. Try a little parafin wax instead. Seems to work very well.  


Kodiac, AK Pink Salmon 2002

          Clark Fork River, ID/MT
         Moyie River, ID
         Kootenai River, ID/MT

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