DRY FLY POWDER SHAKES/ REVIVERS
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).