Loon makes some stuff called Aquel that they say doesn't oil slick the water. I don't find that to be true: you don't get a rainbow colored slick but you still get some kind of surface film. Floatant looks to me like it's basically vaseline which is a petroleum product, so I think your'e going to get some slicking of the water regardless if the floatant isn't totally dry.
Experienced fly fishermen seem to pick floatant based on whether it freezes up or not in the winter . If it stays the same consistency year round they tend to stick with it.
I then use the dry powder when the fly is wet to dry it off. It works great. I have the Loon stuff which allows you to drop your fly in the container, close the lid, shake it up, then remove the fly.
Last edited by newbiefish; 05-20-2002 at 12:58 PM.