When you are deep in the Alaskan Bush you sometimes need to get creative to solve problems.
Take for example when I ran out of my favorite copper spoons last year during silver season at Togiak River Lodge. As I scrounged around the tackle shack for more lures, I ran across an old bag of copper models that were in various stages of corrosion.
With no metal polishing compounds available out in the middle of nowhere, I went “McGiver” on the situation and busted out some cola!
I let the spoons soak in the pop in a
mason jar for a couple days and then poured out the fluid to see what the
results looked like…
I didn’t do any rubbing or polishing afterwards, all I did was rinse the sugary syrup off the lures and this is how they came out…
Well, the results were 1) Cool because I had a bunch of useable spoons again and 2) Terrifying considering cola is a designed to be a drink…not a solvent! It’s kinda spooky to think about what that stuff is doing to your insides when it’s capable of eating corrosion off metal! ?
From a fishing standpoint, however, the cola bath proved to be quite useful in a pinch. Next time I should do some more experimenting with lengths of the soak and maybe different flavors like diet vs. the real stuff.