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Old 05-16-2011, 09:34 PM
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Default CDC floatant?

I have heard about a special paste floatant designed for CDC dries.
Does anyone know what this product is and where I can find it?
I thought dry shake was the recommended treatment for these flies.

Also, any tips on keeping CDC dries on the surface would be much appreciated.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:43 PM
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I've tried a couple different things to keep CDC flies atop but always seem to go back to Fumed Silica, or "Frogs Fanny". I hate the stuff....it blows all over if you try to use it when it's breezy out, and dries out my hands, and I always seem to get a puff of it blow around and in my eyes, up my nose, everywhere. Did I say I hate the stuff? But....it's the only thing I've used that works good on wet CDC to get it back riding high & dry again, so I keep using it.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:14 AM
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umpqua dry magic or trout hunters cdc preen oil , silica in a shaker with powder and beads.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:27 AM
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DarrinG....I hate that stuff too. A couple of years ago I had the cap come off the bottle inside my backpack. Still haven't been able to get it all cleaned out.

Billyspey...thanks, I'll keep a lookout for those products.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:42 AM
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Try Amadou. It's a fungus held in leather. You just put your fly between the leather sides an gently pinch the sides together. Sucks the water right out. There are synthetic versions but I don't know how well they work. Stuff last forever. LRO sells it.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:30 AM
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I use both amadou and Frogs Fanny. I also have some of Trout Hunters preen oil but I have never used it.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:16 AM
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I keep a paper towel in my front chest pocket of my waders. I try to be as high tec as possible. Seems like Loon makes a dry shake, I think I have some of that too.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:49 AM
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Here's a picture of a yellow sally imitation I tied on a #16 hook with a cdc wing. I like the way this particular pattern puts the egg sac just under the "film" (if there is such a thing in a glass of water). I didn't put any dry fly dressing on it before dropping it in, so I presume it could float a little higher.

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Old 05-19-2011, 10:38 AM
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Has anyone on this thread tried WD-40? Last year, someone on this Forum was talking about using it for dries & emergers. After all, "WD" stands for water dispersant. Personally, I thought that was never going to work. The smell would scare the fish. Well, I was proven wrong. Apparently, WD masks the scent from our hands, and the fish will strike.

I like sprays because the fumed silica is just too messy to handle standing in a stream, and the wind blowing, and the powder goes everywhere.

I keep a small spray can of WD-40 in my fishing vest now.

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:17 AM
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Kentucky, so you use it and it works? Don't think I would use it on CDC, for fear it would clump up the CDC, but having never tried it, I'm just guessing. I can see where it would work on hackled flies. I've heard people spray their lures with it and it works as an attractant.
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