WHICH TYPE OF FLOATANT?
MATCHING THE FLOATANT T0 THE MATERIAL
THIN GELS are suited to delicate materials. Heavy pastes are best with coarse materials. Liquid and powder floatants can be used on both. The use of a gel or paste floatant prior to the application of hydrophobic powder will result in the highest floating fly for the longest time while causing some change in the colour of the fly. Some floatants leave CDC feathers unaltered while others can cause their fine fibres to mat together, destroying their ability to float.
ARE THEY EASY TO USE ?
Products that involve a large amount of hand shaking may spook clear water trout more than those needing small hand motions, such as brush-on powder or rub-on paste. Aerosols and brush-on powders are very difficult and wasteful to use in windy conditions. Liquids needing prolonged drying times are less convenient when fishing than those products that can be used immediately.
DOS AND DON’TS
close containers after use. These products are messy if allowed to escape! Don’t apply floatant over a waterlogged or slimed fly. It merely seals in the water. Wash and dry the fly first. Do blow off excess floatant powder and allow liquid floatants time to dry completely. Cast the fly on to the water away from the fish, allowing any excess floatant to dissipate before presenting the fly. Failure to do this may result in an unattractive oil or powder slick on the water surface. Don’t inhale powder floatants as this may pose a health risk. Do avoid naked flames. Many gel and liquid floatants are inflammable Don’t use more than a thin film of floatant on the fly. Excess floatant adds weight and may stick materials together, decreasing surface area and reducing floatation. Do use paste, gel or brush-on powder to treat part of a fly. Liquid and aerosol floatants will spread all over the fly. Don’t use a floatant on a plastic fly-line unless it is designed for that use. Do isolate the parts of the fly you wish to sink by wetting your fingers with saliva and gripping the fly tightly. Leave exposed the part you wish to coat with floatant.