Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice -

Gels gen­er­ally come in slen­der tubes, with some form of noz­zle, the most ob­vi­ous be­ing ‘Gherke’s Gink’. Re­gard­less of brand, gen­er­ally, a tiny amount of gel is de­posited onto your in­dex fin­ger. This is then mas­saged between thumb and fin­ger to liq­uefy be­fore anoint­ing the re­quired part of a fly. Rather sur­pris­ingly, when ap­ply­ing gel-based floatants the more fru­gal you are the bet­ter, as lib­eral amounts not only clog up ma­te­ri­als, but an oily slick ini­tially sur­rounds your fly af­ter cast­ing out. Low rid­ing flies and emerg­ers in par­tic­u­lar ben­e­fit from gels as spe­cific amounts can be ap­plied to cer­tain parts of a fly, a per­fect ex­am­ple be­ing some­thing like a Klinkhamer when you want the body and tho­rax to be­come sub­merged. Nat­u­rally then, only the wing­post and hackle should be sub­jected to any treat­ment. One thing to be mind­ful of with gels is they read­ily melt on warmer days, turn­ing in­stantly to liq­uid. If housed up­side down on your vest or bag some­times there’s a ten­dency for them to leak, which is not only waste­ful, but messy too. For that rea­son, I tend to store/carry mine with the noz­zle up­per­most.

The wing­post on this dry fly is now ready to float.

Now rub the gel between in­dex fin­ger and thumb un­til vis­cous.

Squeeze out a small amount of gel onto your in­dex fin­ger.

Gen­tly work the gel into the fi­bres with in­dex fin­ger and thumb.

Next, ap­ply the gel by rub­bing it on to the area you want to float.

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