How Do You Use a Fly Fishing Floatant?

Fly fishing is an extremely popular and relaxing sport, but it can be difficult to master. One of the most important pieces of equipment for any fly fishing angler is a floatant.

A floatant helps the fly sit on top of the water, making it easier to spot and more likely to attract a fish. But how do you use a floatant?

First, you should choose the right type of floatant for your particular situation. There are several different types of floatants available, such as liquid, paste, and powder. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to select the one that would work best for your particular environment.

Once you have chosen a floatant, you should apply it properly. For liquid or paste floatants, this means lightly coating the dry fly with the product until it’s thoroughly covered. Once this is done, you should lightly shake off any excess product so that only a thin layer remains on the fly.

For powder floatants, you should take a pinch of powder in your fingers and then gently rub it into the dry fly until it is completely covered. Make sure to shake off any excess product before putting your fly in the water.

After applying your chosen type of floatant, you will need to let it dry before putting your fly in the water. This ensures that there are no bubbles or other irregularities on your fly that could sink it when placed in water.

Finally, when using a liquid or paste floatant you will need to reapply after each catch. This helps ensure that your fly remains buoyant and visible in the water.

Using a fly fishing floatant correctly can make all the difference for an angler’s success rate. By choosing the right type for their situation and applying it properly, they can ensure that their flies remain buoyant and visible in the water.


Using a fly fishing floatant correctly is essential for successful fishing results. It involves choosing the right type based on your environment and applying it properly by coating or rubbing it onto your dry flies until they are thoroughly covered before letting them dry before putting them into water. Additionally, liquid or paste types should be reapplied after each catch for optimal performance.

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Daniel Bennet