Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice -

The idea of liq­uid-based floatants is to dunk your fly in a bot­tle of the stuff, be­fore shak­ing vig­or­ously to en­sure a com­plete coat­ing. Any ex­cess liq­uid is eas­ily re­moved by a cou­ple of false casts, which also dries the fly off. As men­tioned ear­lier, in fair­ness, liq­uid floatants ren­der the whole fly wa­ter­proof, which is all well and good where buoy­ancy is the or­der of the day. I find such an ap­pli­ca­tion handy when trip­ping bushy wets through wave tops on blus­tery days. They’re also use­ful for the likes of Mud­dler pat­terns, or deer hair Sedges, es­pe­cially where a fly that cre­ates dis­tur­bance is re­quired and needs to stay afloat for long pe­ri­ods. Some liq­uids come with a con­ve­nient brush – the idea be­ing that floatant can now be ap­plied to only a cer­tain part of a fly. How­ever, be­ing ul­tra fine in their con­sis­tency, liq­uids tend to bleed into the re­main­der of the fly, no mat­ter how dili­gently you at­tempt to ap­ply the said liq­uid. For this rea­son, try to re­frain from us­ing them on any flies that are de­signed to sit in the sur­face film, or par­tially be­low it.

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