Floatant whats the best

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Eric Denny, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Jason Copas Member

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    That sounds like what I use to lube my cast bullits!
  2. kmudgn Member

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    This is one of those "who's better: Batman or Superman" type threads
  3. RogueBum Spey casting for Steelies year round

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    Loon Aquel for me
  4. drumik New Member

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    I had some troubles with bombers on the Spey Rod when I was fishing for Atlantics in Canada until I tried fishing with the bomber that was treated with some commercial solution. That thing was floating like a cork. I just pinged somebody that I know to get the name of it
    Will post update soon.
    I already tried everything and that thing was the best
  5. Eric Denny It's summer time I'm fishing!!

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    Well keep me posted
  6. Guy Gregory Active Member

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    Albolene. Buy a jug of it at a drug store, leave it in the sun for an hour, fill up your old gink bottles, and float forevermore.
  7. drumik New Member

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    Sorry for the late response.

    Kleen-Slip Silicone Lubricant

    One of the fly fisherman that quite often goes to Canada uses it for bombers

    He puts bombers in the box, lightly sprays them, shakes the box and then lightly sprays them again

  8. Cuttbow82 Active Member

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    I've always been partial to Gink. Just got back into fishing after a 14 year absence and couldn't locate my ancient bottle. Was having trouble finding it in local fly shops but was visiting my Dad this weekend in Freeland, Whidbey Island and they had it in the local Ace hardware!
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  9. Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    I gravitate to Gink also. Been using it for years since way back, when the guy who created it use to haunt an old Usenet newsgroup I use to frequent (alt.rec.flyfishing I think?).

  10. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I believe as to what you, yourself are using at the time is what is the best fly floatant. You all have found out what works for you so it is the best. Me on the other hand have played around with it all and to me the best is that new stuff made by Loon, Lochsa. I have found out that Aquel melts in the hot Montana sun. Moose snot does not and the Lochsa is already a liquid, so it isn't going to melt. It also doesn't leave a sheen of oil on the surface.

    Many years ago I tried some stuff made by Garcia(I think it was them that made it). It was a liquid and it came in a hour glass shaped bottle. You would open the lid, stick in you fly and invert the bottle. After a few seconds you would turn the bottle back up right, and let the excess drain back into the bottle. Take the fly out and let it dry. It would float forever. But alas all good things come to an end.
  11. Greg Armstrong Active Member

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    I remember those little "hour glass" bottles of floatant too, Jim.

    I do think you are correct that it was Garcia.

    I wonder what it was they put in there.
  12. Mayfly Aviator Member

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  13. Mark Walker Active Member

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  14. Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    This stuff works significantly better than the Loon product and whatever my Yakima guide was using recently. Close the cap on the bottle, use some of the excess wax on the fly to coat the tippet, swing the fly around in a small circle for a few seconds and the white gas is pretty much evaporated.

    Finally, I keep a rubber band girth-hitched to my lanyard & chest pack as a fly dryer. Hook the fly on the rubber band, hold the tippet snug, stretch the rubber band with the other hand a little and flick. The excess wax is gone and/or the fly is instantly dry. I'll bet if $imms knew about it they would sell you one for $50.
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  15. Kyle Smith Active Member

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    I used to use Aquel, and it's great stuff. But I just switched to Kingfisher Fly Shop's Gink, because they will refill my bottle for $1.00. It works almost as good as Aquel (just like Gink!).
  16. Mike Munro Member

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    Three quick false casts. (Okay, and then every now and then a dab of Loon.)
  17. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Sure you're not thinking of Moose Drool?

  18. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    No. But a good cool one now and then might take the edge off.

    "Moose Snot" is something I can only find at one fly shop here in Dillon.
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  19. David Loy Senior Moment

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    On a related note, I ran across this vid of a nifty fly drying technique.

    Too expensive for some I suppose.
  20. Eric Denny It's summer time I'm fishing!!

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    Just a question do you speak spanish? I mean I was able to watch the video and figure everything out but I was wondering how you ever found this to begin with if you don't speak spanish? It just had me thinking of how much else we miss do to language barrier's when it comes to the sport we love, But GREAT Video I wish I would have seen this before I spend money on a due dad to try and dry my flies this looks like it will work just as good and would cost a hole lot less.