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Old 05-28-2005, 09:14 AM
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I was out yesterday evening on the river behind my house, and while i was fishing the trout started to rise. I found the perfect fly, but realised id lost my floatent, so couldnt fish it. I tried a few wets in frustration, but didnt get as much as a bite, eventually i even swapped to my <dare i say it> spinning rod (as fish are rising a few metres from me) but to no avail... eventually i gave up as it got dark ready to do battle again tonight. Out of interest is there anything household one could use as a floatent if i ever found myself in the same position? Probably not, but id be interested.
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Old 05-28-2005, 09:30 AM
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I would have used the dry even without floatant.

I use floatant to KEEP the fly floating. We can do without it too. A few good false casts will usually get a soaked fly to float a bit. Most good to fair quality dry flies will float quite well (for a while).

When we see rises, it doen't ALWAYS mean the trout are taking "dries" off the surface. They could be going for stuff just a fraction of an inche UNDER the surface. A "drowned" dry fly will often work well too.
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Old 06-13-2005, 04:46 PM
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Those precious bodily fluids

An old-timer's remedy is to rub the fly against the side of one's nose, or behind one's ear, to pick up enough skin oil to temporarily float the fly.
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Old 06-13-2005, 06:41 PM
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Another trick is to treat all of your dries at home with floatant so all of the ones in your box are ready to fish. I have heard of guys using scotchguard but never tried it myself.
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Old 06-14-2005, 12:11 AM
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hehe....good to know

i like the idea of treating the ones in my box before hand.
I missed out as heavy rains stopped my fishing dead, but
hopefully the river will be better at the end of the week.
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:17 PM
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More times than not the "hatch" the trout are feeding on during summer evenings on Montana rivers is a caddis returning flight. During the 12 years I lived in Montana, I found the most consistent and reliable way to catch trout feeding on caddis egg-laying flights was by fishing an elk hair caddis with intentional drag. Do this by casting downtream 45 degrees and put a downstream mend in the line to purposely induce a cross current drag. The most common caddis in Montana summers is the Hydropsyche, which is tan in color and imitated by a tan elk hair caddis on a #14 or #16 hook. The second most common caddis is imitated by a #16 olive bodied elk hair caddis. And when an elk hair caddis is fished with intentional cross stream drag, it stays afloat from the water tension on the wing stubb regardless whether it has floatant on it or not.

As far as household stuff to put on flies to help them float, Scotchguard water repellent is excellent. Spray some on the night before and a single false cast causes the water to leave the fly.
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