Floatant whats the best

10incher

Active Member
#17
This is a little trouble to go to, but it's really cool. I mix Vaseline with paraffin wax in a melting pot. Sorry I can't remember the ratios, I still have a good sized wad of the stuff and haven't made it in awhile. But the cool part is that it's solid at air temperatures but dissolves into a liquid instantly when rubbed between your fingers. Pinch off a tiny nugget between you thumb and forefinger and rub together. It dissolves in about a second and you can rub it into the fly. As soon as the fly hits the cool water it hardens into a waterproof wax coating that keeps the fly floating.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#19
Loon Lochsa is my latest floatant. I thought that Loon Aquel was good, but this stuff is amazing. No oil slick, and the flies float like corks.
Yeah, You can drown them and they still float to the top. Before I used this stuff I used Moose Snot. It's just as good except it doesn't cost as much as the new Loon does. I think that over the years I tried it all.

The new Loon Lochsa stuff is liquid and the Moose snot is clear like Loon Aquel but it doesn't melt in the Montana sun like Aquel does.
 

Eric Denny

Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!
#20
This is a little trouble to go to, but it's really cool. I mix Vaseline with paraffin wax in a melting pot. Sorry I can't remember the ratios, I still have a good sized wad of the stuff and haven't made it in awhile. But the cool part is that it's solid at air temperatures but dissolves into a liquid instantly when rubbed between your fingers. Pinch off a tiny nugget between you thumb and forefinger and rub together. It dissolves in about a second and you can rub it into the fly. As soon as the fly hits the cool water it hardens into a waterproof wax coating that keeps the fly floating.
How hard would it be to get some from you that way i dont mess up the mixture?
 
#24
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
 

Eric Denny

Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!
#25
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
Well keep me posted
 

Cuttbow82

Active Member
#28
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!
 
#29
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!

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?).

Stew
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#30
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.
 

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