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Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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So you're not reapplying in the field?

Ok, on the kapok..Plan on dying it as well..The natural is a really good match for the Drake dun..I went back into my notes and determined it was the dun, not the spinner, how ever bleached kapok may prove to be ideal for the spinner body as well...I guess if it's good enough for life jackets, it must float pretty well..

I prefer tying with natural materails where ever possible...


I'm not suprised dryfly! I've noticed a lot of guys sticking nymphs, all the while watching trout rise on the duns..Never could figure out why..."once you start down the path of the darkside forever will it control your destiny" Yoda..

Posted on: 2009/12/18 11:11


Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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Yeah, that kapok I have would be a pretty good match for the GD duns.

I carry that floatant in my vest, and dunk every fly that I tie on right on the stream. It will even help revive a soggy fly that's caught a few fish - although the desicant balls and frog fanny are better for that

Posted on: 2009/12/18 11:22


Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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So you have no problem with applying other floatants on top of your original mucilin treatment?

Right now I'm using liquid Loon...

Have you ever tride parafin wax, preserves and enhances color..

Powder performs well, just has an ill effect on fly color..Gives darker flys a chalk dust effect..

Posted on: 2009/12/18 11:31


Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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No - I basically use the liquid mixture to treat fresh, dry flies right out of the box. Then use the desicant powders for soaked ones.
Never tried anything else with the lighter fluid, although - after reading posts about it on this site - I'm thinking about trying albolene.

The best floatant I've ever used was Orvis superfloat. I could catch a dozen fish on a fly soaked with that without retreating.
But it had a carcinogen in it and was pulled off the market quite a few years ago now
Mucilin also makes a liquid fly floatant that you dunk the whole fly in. But I really think that my homemade stuff works just as well, if not better.

I never really liked using those thick, gooey floatants.
Besides having to fiddle around working it into the fly with your fingers, it mats the hackle. Just doesn't seem right to do that to a beautifully tied dry fly

Posted on: 2009/12/18 11:55


Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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Used powder for year. Tried Loon and it did a good job..The trick is not to apply to much..Just a little will do and last for quite a while too...good slice of amadou goes a long way

I know what you mean about fly matting..Although some of my best fishing flys show heavy ware..

Posted on: 2009/12/18 12:07


Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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The main reason i use the powder/dessicant type floatant is to bring them back from the dead , it , along with a little wicking/sponging , and false casting will revive a waterlogged fly allowing you more time to fish before changing flies. Prolongs the time and number of fish per fly.

Posted on: 2009/12/19 7:35



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