View Full Version : which floatant do you use?

03-04-2007, 11:56 PM
the talk about frogs fanny got me wondering.... which floatant do you guys use? I use loon aquel right now because I had some bad experiences w/ gink. I've had the rim around the red cap crack open on me at least five times. this was due to heat from being in my veh. the lid cracks and gink spills all over my vest. I try not to leave it in the heat, but sometimes that's unavoidable. then I bought 2 bottles in a row where there was no hole in the cap to squeeze out the product. I got fed up. the loon bottle has given me no problems, despite being exposed to the same heat in my car. it gets the job done, but I swear I don't think it works as well as gink. I have a friend who doesn't use a floatant at all. I'd be interested to know how many of you if any don't use some floatant on your flies. I've wondered if floatant gives off an oily residue on the water around the fly that a trout can see. so, I'd like to know what some of you guys use and what some of your opinions are.

03-05-2007, 12:33 AM
I use Loon Aquel because it is temperature stable and won't melt when hot or harden when cold. I also use Loon easy dry dessicant. I love them both...


03-05-2007, 09:43 AM
I think I have loon aquel in my pack somewhere....FrogsFanny gets my vote though. Love that stuff. Works well on little flies too.

03-05-2007, 10:58 AM
I've had the same problem with lids cracking and losing all the floatant. The oily substance I see floating around a freshly treated fly makes me wonder if the trout can smell it. I also have a bad habit of wiping my fingers on my waders after treating a fly. The oil leaves them stained which I regret.

A couple years ago I tried a Loon product called "Top Ride". It is a powder and really keeps those dry flies up on top for quite a while. I don't see myself switching back to the liquids any time soon.

Wishin' I wuz fishin', g <*))))><

Gerry Romer
03-05-2007, 12:58 PM
I keep both in my vest. Aquel for most situations and Frog's Fanny for CDC flies and for use at dusk. It seems to give my fly a little irridescent glow that's easier to see in low light.


03-05-2007, 04:34 PM
I'm right there with Gerry. I love both Aquel and Frogs Fanny. Have you all tried Loon Dust?


03-06-2007, 04:41 PM
Well, I can see right now that you fine folks have never met Dave.

Dave's Bug Float is the only dry fly goop that will ever see time in my fanny pack, fly vest or place of residence; until they stop making it or I stop flyfishing, forever and ever, amen.
I tried Gink, but it was always squirting out everywhere...then I tried some other stuff that you never could get out of the container - can't remeber what that was called, but it's just as well. When I first started fly fishing, you bought your dry fly dressing in a little tub - I think it was yellow, and it was some sort of wax stuff that was good for about two long drifts. The Gink was a huge step up from that stuff for sure...but Dave's is where it's at, gentlemen! Why, I have never yet loaned a friend a bottle to fish with, that he didn't show up the next time with a bottle of his own! And, it's fairly cheap most places, lasts for a few FISH(caught), not just a few drifts - and the bottle is designed to go upside down naturally - and, and, and...well, it floats flies like your old rubber ducky in a tub full o' hot water!

I fish dry flies about 70&#37; of the time. I don't catch alot of fish, and I sure don't catch alot of big fish...but I do go fishing at least twice a month (for the weekend usually) and I only go through 2 bottles of Dave's a year( including DH). It doesn't take much on the fly.

The downside:
In winter, it will be hard to get out of the bottle, but once out it will warm up easily. But hey you, what are you doing fishing a caddis in winter anyway? Put that up and take out a glo-ball and get to work on those fish. ;) LOL

The other thing is the little chain thing they use...take it apart and throw it out. Tie your Dave's on with flyline or some such or it'll fall off that little chain thing.

Seriously, Dave's or nothing for me. Give it a try and if you don't like it, I'll buy the rest of the bottle from you( unless there are dozens of you that don't like it and then, you're on your own. ) Matter of fact, forget I said that.

*mumbles to self " what was I thinking! geeeeeeeeeeeesh. "


ok, don't eat it. i was kidding about that part.

03-09-2007, 01:12 AM
I use Dave's as well as Frog's Fanny also, but before I apply it, I use Rain X. I used to use a product called water shed but found that Rain X is identical and much cheaper. Now when you apply Rain X or Water Shed, you have to allow the flys to dry for at least 24 hours before use.

My normal routine is to treat the flys with the Rain X, then when onstream, I apply Dave's before getting the fly wet. After the fly is wet I use Frog's Fanny (or the chemical it's made from :), in a shaker bottle or apply it with the brush to re-treat it.


03-09-2007, 09:54 PM
Hey Mike, good to see ya. I've been lookin' for you on the blue board...really sorry to hear about your Mom, too. :(

I remember the rain-x craze back about 4 years ago when everyone was talkin' about do it, no don't do it, yes do it.....I never figured out if it was worth the trouble - although I think I tried the watershed thing once or twice before Orvis bought it from the original company( i think that's right).

Anyway, good to see ya around here. I might just have to try some hoppity-bottom stuff, since so many folks like it. :)

Gerry Romer
03-09-2007, 11:45 PM
Anybody ever spray their dries with Scotchguard?


03-10-2007, 08:49 AM

No I have not tried scotchguard on flies but years ago I would treat the feathers on my arrows with it prior to hunting on rainy days. It seems it worked pretty well in light rain conditions but I can't really remember how long it would keep them dry. I am assuming you either have or are thinking about doing it. I would be interested if someone has tried it and the results.

Wishin' I wuz fishin', g <*))))><

swipper 74
03-10-2007, 08:12 PM
Saw some frog's fanny used today, seems to be pretty amazing stuff

03-10-2007, 08:33 PM
bought some daves. I must say, I like it! oh, my friend went along with me today. he hasn't fished in a few months. we got out on the stream and he says, "oh man, my gink bottle broke and it's all gone". exact same cracking around the lid.