Is that a common practice to treat flies before hitting the water? I’m visualizing days or even weeks in advance... if so, is there a ideal timing?I use Gink on the water and some no-name silicone based fabric water proofing spray on the bench.
Spray a little in a old Mason jar drop in some flies and swirl. Remove with forceps and set to dry.
New flies usually float until I catch something and then I'll change. I'll Gink them before using again. If it's my last one or I'm lazy a few false casts will dry it enough for a drift or two.
Some dubbing does get a little darker after treatment but nothing drastic.
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There are lots of floatant products out there, some for temporary on-stream use and some purportedly for permanent waterproofing, and as far as I can tell every one has both fans and critics. There are also "home remedy" substitutes out there like Scotchgard or Bergman's formula that seem to get similarly inconsistent reviews. I haven't tried them all, but of the ones I've tried so far I haven't found any that are really permanent for the life of the fly in a once-and-done way.For CDC flies I use Petitjean CDC oil. It’s awesome! And what I discovered is that you can very well use it on flies with other materials too.
It might not be the most common but I got the tip from somewhere on the internet, tried it and it worked well, so it's not unheard of.Is that a common practice to treat flies before hitting the water? I’m visualizing days or even weeks in advance... if so, is there a ideal timing?
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