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Old 09-15-2011, 05:51 PM
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Default Re: How to keep your dry fly actually dry!

As others have mentioned, I sometimes use some paste on the fly before use and I definitely use desiccant powder once the fly has become waterlogged or fish slimed.

Also, I find a few false casts can get a lot of water off a fly and breaking the surface tension before starting the back cast helps keep the fly from being pulled under and avoids the potential of spooking a fish with the loud slurp. If the fly seems really wet, it helps to pull in most of the line and do a few of faster false casts to really shake the water off.

I have found that poor quality flies sink more quickly and believe it is worthwhile to pay for good dries (though I tie most of them myself). Having good hackle and a light hook does wonders.

As an aside, don't forget about the joys of a good foam terrestrial - it'll float forever.
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:02 PM
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Default Re: How to keep your dry fly actually dry!

I find that the best way to keep a dry fly dry is go be discriminating in buying and tying them. Dries with fat, thread-heavy bodies that you see in many shops won't stay dry for long. But a dry fly tied with waxed thread and a sparse body will stay on top of the water until its hackles get mangled by a trout, even without floatant.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:45 PM
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Default Re: How to keep your dry fly actually dry!

I've watched some fisherman do the line wiggle and its my opinion that in the smoother water you want to be as gentle as possible with the lift-off. In the rougher water you're going to need a lot more than a "wiggle" to keep that fly dry. My opinion....break out the "stuff".
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