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What's your favorite dry fly floatant?

Posted on: 2007/3/24 7:56


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For reviving a drowned fly, I haven't found anything better that frog fanny. I think the same stuff is also used in a product by loon called top ride - it also contains some kind of drying crystals - but it works very well too.
As for treating a new fly before use, I make my own floatant with lighter fluid and mucilin paste. I keep it in a small bottle on my vest, and just dunk the whole fly after i tie it on. I got this idea from George Harvey's book.
I never cared for the thick, gooey floatants that you have to fart around with by working it into the fly parts, -and the hackle gets matted. A lot easier to give it a quick dunk and fish IMO

Posted on: 2007/3/24 10:26


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I agree with dryflyguy - Frog's Fanny for reviving drowned flies. I use Gink for treating flies.

I've tried Loon Aquel and it works as well as Gink, but Gink seems to last longer. Just put a BB sized glob on your fingers and work in into the fly. I also treat the leader and end of the fly line with Gink. I helps float the leader/line and helps with mending and strike dectection with or without an indicator.

Posted on: 2007/3/24 10:43


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Gink...for applying to a fresh fly...keeps it floating longer than anything Ive ever used. As for reviving a wet fly...if I've applied Gink before it gets wet the first time, false casting dries it right out. Even if its been fish slimed. After that its the drying patch and a new fly.

Posted on: 2007/3/24 11:16


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Dear Schultzy,

Go to the drugstore and buy a big tub of Albolene cleanser cream.

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It's the same stuff as Gink and $ 10.49 gets you a lifetime supply.

Regards,
Tim Murphy

Posted on: 2007/3/24 18:22


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I'll have to check this stuff out but I be the Beta Carotene is a little unnecessary.

Posted on: 2007/3/24 18:34


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>It's the same stuff as Gink and $ 10.49 gets you a lifetime supply.>

Thank God George Gehrke is no longer alive to hear you say that...

It would have killed him, nevermind the fact that is is probably true.

I remember the guys on ROFF turturing him endlessly with this idea for years and years.

On the other hand, George probably had it coming. He was a world class PITA, God rest his soul...:)

Posted on: 2007/3/25 11:27


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Dear RLeeP,

At least you know I'm not BSing you when I say that!

Regards,
Tim Murphy

Posted on: 2007/3/25 13:34


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Just picked up some Frogs Fanny. Its really strange stuff. The powder flew out of the bottle when I opened it.

I didn't stop at the drug store for the facial cream yet!

Posted on: 2007/3/25 18:25


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I use Gink with a new fly, and I also use Frogs Fanny for slimed/soaked flies. But I also use a more granular silica dessicant for slimed/soaked flies, such as Loon Easy Dry. It doesn't fly all over the place like Frogs Fanny. The granular stuff is what I normally use, and I use the Frogs Fanny for CDC and smaller/finer flies. And if I'm really desperate I'll use the granular stuff, then the Frogs Fanny. And if I'm really, really desperate, I'll use Gink after squeezing the water out on my sleeve and drying with both dessicants! (This usually happens if I only have one of a particular fly left, and that's all the trouts want.)

Posted on: 2007/3/26 9:51


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Anyone everyuse Scotch Guard to pre treat the dry flys? I was reading the thread and this came to mind

Posted on: 2007/3/26 10:06


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No, but I treat my newly tied dries with Watershed. I don't know how much good it does though. I normally still apply Gink when I tie on a new fly. I guess I'm a belt and suspenders type guy.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 10:14
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I used to pretreat my flies with RainX after tying them, but I stopped. I'm not sure why, I guess I just ran out of RainX and never bought more. I did notice that it would ruin some colors.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 18:18


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The Watershed darkens many of the colors, but I think they probably darken the same when they get wet. I believe the Watershed permanently darkens them. I'll have to check this out.

Posted on: 2007/3/27 8:22
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I often use many of my dries as wets (especially caddis) when the need arises, so I never pre-treat.

Posted on: 2007/3/27 8:40



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