Outdoor Skills - Fishing Q&A

Q: When putting floatant on a dry fly, how much is enough? -Ernie Atkinson, Reno, Nev.

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A: More is definitely not better. The various pastes and liquids sold as floatants aren't intended to add buoyancy to a fly. They are waterproofing agents that keep the fly from soaking up water and sinking. The lightest of coatings is all you need. Most people use too much and wind up casting greaseballs. Trout don't like this.