Draw partner!

FloatantI was “talking” to a friend of mine about the new Scott Radian rod I’ll be giving away, and how I really wanted to cast it, but felt like I shouldn’t since it isn’t mine. His response was basically telling me to go cast it stating, “Some lucky guy getting a free rod isn’t going to complain.”

He may have a point there, but it’s not one I’m ready to concede just yet. He then offered a suggestion that I think has some real possibilities though, and one that spurred a number of other ideas: “Do a shoot-out.”

Now pulling together a rod shoot-out would be great, but it will also take some time, and certainly plenty of effort (and likely expense) on my part. But I’m not one to shirk, so I’m getting to work on it and we’ll see what comes. But his suggestion also has me thinking about other ways to do a “shoot-out,”, and one of those is being discussed right now in a thread over on the Dry Fly Forum:  floatant.

As dry fly anglers we obviously all seem to use some kind of floatant, so why not test a variety of them and see which one comes out “on top”.

To this end I am now dedicated, and if there is a floatant you want to see in the shoot-out, please get it posted as a comment below, and I’ll be sure to include it.  And if I can’t find it to purchase (or it’s your own special “secret sauce”) I’ll be contacting you to get a sample.

Of course, if you think this is a dumb idea, let me know that too, because I don’t want to go to all the effort to do something that nobody wants to read about!

~  DFG

12 thoughts on “Draw partner!

  1. Salmotrutta
    October 11, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I think you should try some of the cheaper “house brands” of floatant, like bass pro and cabelas. See if cheaper makes any difference. I would be interested to see what brand come out on top.

    1. Dry Fly Guy
      October 12, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Great suggestion!

      ~ DFG

  2. Lightline
    October 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I have tried a little of Bergman’s formula of 8 parts Naptha (gas or camp fuel) and one part paraffin wax. The first batch worked fantastic. On CDC too. The next batch, so-so. It seems to change, even in a glass container. Drawback was in cool temperatures it hardened. There are some knock-offs being sold as Flyagra and Jet Fuel in Montana. One test I saw on another forum had Bergman’s outlasting and outfloating them all.

    I’d like to see which liquids work best in colder conditions, such as around 40 degrees. They all work on hot summer days! Powders like Frogs Fanny work great all the time, in any weather, but only for a short while.

    Great idea for a site and forum! Hope it catches on. I’ll try and spread the word.

  3. Dry Fly Guy
    October 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks Lightline, and welcome to the party. ;)

  4. Eric Peper
    October 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Suggest you might want to add “Albolene” to the mix for the shootout. A lot of guys opt for this budget solution, and there are those who swear it’s the same formula as Gink. I used it for a few years many moons ago. Now, I’m a dedicated fan of Dry Magic, the Wonder Dry Fly Patch, and Frog’s Fanny (fumed silica).


  5. tabornatives
    October 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Remember those little line dressing pads that Cortland gave you in a box of fly line? Those pads significantly reduced my need for floatant.

  6. JoeFriday
    October 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    You have my permission to cast the Radian. If I win it, you don’t need to worry about it. If I don’t win, I’d still want to read a good review on it.

  7. ARReflections
    October 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I will be the first to admit that I have not used floatant. Not sure if that is a disqualification from the dry fly party but I do have a question after reading some of the post. Some of the ingredients used for floatant do not appear to be very healthy for fish like gas or camp fuel and Albolene (a skin cleanser) and yet I hear a lot regarding making sure one handles a fish nice and all others things associated with C&R. Am I missing something? Perhaps the floatant shootout should also consider environmental impact as a criteria?

    1. Dry Fly Guy
      October 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Excellent suggestion ARReflections!

      ~ DFG

  8. Lightline
    October 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    If you haven’t started the shoot out yet, I’d suggest adding another loon product, a gel they make called Lochsa. I just used some for about 10 days straight, and fell in love with it. It works great with CDC, similar to Dry Magic. (Same stuff, I don’t know?) It never matted up any cdc, nor took away any float characteristics. I was actually looking to buy a new tube of Dry Magic at Frontier Anglers in Dillon, MT, and Tim suggested the Loon.

    It maintained consistency in the cold, didn’t turn to liquid during the day, and didn’t get as hard as Gink. It worked in conjunction with Frogs Fanny (fumed silica) powder. On non-cdc flies, it out-lasted Gink for me, big time. (Flies like para adams and beetles) It dried quicker on application too. For now, I’m not carrying any petrol-based liquids or Gink any more. Just Lochsa, fumed silica, and the wonder cloth. (Kinda like Eric!)

  9. Creek
    November 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Could you add Jaime’s Dry Fly Paste to the test? I use it, and i’d like to see how it compares to the others. Even though Jaime won’t admit it. I believe this floatant is what he uses on his furled leaders that are guaranteed to float the life of the leader. Which so far has been true with the ones I have. I also like the sound of the ingredients.


  10. Lightline
    November 26, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    So, when’s the shootout? Been looking forward to the results.

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