Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice -

Some might con­sider pow­ders as their ini­tial de­fence when proof­ing dry flies prior to fish­ing. How­ever, in my mind, they’re far more valu­able for re­viv­ing tired or sod­den flies, es­pe­cially the more del­i­cate dress­ings like those com­pris­ing mainly of Cul de Ca­nard for ex­am­ple. While the shake-type canis­ters work ex­tremely well, I’m more a fan of those that in­clude a small brush as well, which can be used to probe deep into the base of a hackle or CdC wing to re­move any resid­ual mois­ture. Af­ter land­ing a fish, your dry fly should be thor­oughly rinsed in water to re­move un­wanted slime. Ex­ces­sive water is then quickly re­moved with a false cast or two. Pop your fly in the bot­tle while be­ing mind­ful to lo­cate your leader in the tiny re­cess found at the bot­tle neck (above). This will pre­vent any kink­ing in your tip­pet once the lid is closed. A vig­or­ous shake causes fine par­ti­cles to dust the fly and ab­sorb any re­main­ing mois­ture. Of­ten, your fly ap­pears white when re­trieved from the bot­tle, but there’s lit­tle need for con­cern here as false cast­ing to lengthen line shrugs off any ex­ces­sive pow­der. CdC should be fur­ther re­vamped us­ing the brush to ag­i­tate fi­bres (be­low).

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