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Old 03-03-2013, 11:24 PM
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Default Tested: Albolene as Fly Floatant

After seeing Corbo's mention of using Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser as a dry fly floatant in this thread, I just had to give it a try. After checking Wally World and Sally's Beauty Supply, I finally located some at my local Walgreen's. Unfortunately, they didn't have the 6 oz jar, just the 12 oz jar for $12.99. But I bought it anyway and now I have a lifetime supply for both me and my son.

The first challenge was portioning out some into a suitable container for carrying on the stream. I looked in my travel kit and found an almost empty bottle of hotel shampoo (you know, those little bitty free sample sized bottles) that had a flip top lid and cleaned it out. Then I took a spare injectable marinade syringe and drilled out the business end to push a little more volume. Within just a few minutes I had it loaded up and ready to go.



Then it was off to a nearby stream for a test session. I went to one of the local creeks that is seasonally stocked by TWRA that's not too far from my house. Unfortunately, when I got there the air temperature was only 29 degrees, and the water wasn't much warmer.



I rigged up with a #14 Haystack and dropped a slightly weighted #16 BHPT off the back end. I squeezed out just a tiny bit of Albolene, rubbed it between my fingers to liquify it, then dressed the dry fly with it. I had never been to this creek before, so while I searched out some deeper water that might have a trout or two hiding in it, I proceeded to cast my flies into every pocket, run, and riffle I came upon to test how well the floatant would hold up. I must say, I was very impressed. I floated that fly through all the sorts of places that tend to drown a dry pretty quickly, but it never got waterlogged. Even after snagging the dropper on a twig and dragging the dry down, a couple of false casts to dry things off and it was back to floating like a cork. I fished that rig for just over an hour and never did have to reapply any floatant or use my dry shake. Of course, I didn't catch any fish to get it slimed up good, but that will be the next test.

All in all, I'd have to say I'm pretty convinced that this stuff is all that AND a bag of chips. I wonder how well it will work with CDC. Anyway, thanks for the tip, Corbo. I owe you one.
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