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: Fly Floatant?

04-30-2002, 01:01 PM
Any recommendations for fly floatants for dry fly fishing for trout? I've used Gink's liquid floatant in the past, but have noticed an oily film coming off the fly when it hits the water. Any other fly floatants out there that do not exhibit this problem? How about gels or powders? Are they any good?

04-30-2002, 03:12 PM
A friend of mine that was a guide in Yellowstone for 30 years was watching me apply flotant to a fly once. I was taking the fly and gently getting some flotant on my finger tips, rubbing it till it melted, and lightly applying it to the tips of the hackel. He watched me do this for a few minutes, grabbed it away from me, took the fly and smashed it with his thumb into the silicone and parafin. He said anything that will take a fly sprayed down with WD-40 wont care what the fly looks like.

Pfffttt........What would he know......;)

John W.

04-30-2002, 03:58 PM
I can't remember what kind I use. In fact I think I found it streamside with no label.

I do have a question though for the philosophical types out there.:devil:

Is floatant considered the opposite of splitshot? Is it's use considered by some to not be flyfishing?

04-30-2002, 06:56 PM
Use of floatant is acceptable even 40 years ago, it is not FF heresy.

When I dry fly which is seldom these days, I use a spray can type and use it lightly, blowing on the fly after it has been sprayed to remove any excess.

Then false cast it to dry it out and shoot it to the target.

04-30-2002, 07:32 PM
Most Flotants are composed of some form of silicone in either a grease type substance or liquid form. The more expensive liquids usually incorporate a carrier that evaporates very quickly leaving nothing but the silicone imbedded into the material composing the fly. A trick that I have used when preparing a batch of dry flys for trip is to treat them at home and they are perfectly dry before entering the water.

Hardy used to produce a small aersol which contained a wax type substancewhich is very effective, it should still be aviable.


04-30-2002, 08:42 PM
"Aquel" by Loon is good. Montana guides use make up remover which is like seven bucks for a big tub. It works though I forget the name. A small tube of "Aquel" might last me a couple of seasons though, I don't need a tub.