Cheap but effective Floatant

Cheap but effective Floatant

Postby bobfly on Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:25 pm

Here is the recipe for the floatant discussed at the last flytying meeting:

White Gas (Camp stove fuel or Boy Scouts’ after shave)

Paraffin Wax (aka canning wax or unscented candle wax)

Small Jar and lake side container (but keep it away from your float tube bladders or you may find yourself swimming)

Step 1: Shave 10 grams of wax (about a ¾ inch cube) into thin flakes and place in jar. Add ½ cup white gas. Cover with tight fitting lid and shake it like it until it is completely dissolved.

Step 2: Shave in more wax, cover and keep shaking.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 until no more wax will dissolve. Let solution sit over night.

Step 4: Shake one last time and decant into your streamside floatant container.

Step 5: To apply, dunk your fly in the solution, remove and allow 5 minutes to cure. Bugs can also be pre-treated before heading out.

I have tried using Isopropyl Alcohol but it does not dissolve any where near the same amount of wax that White Gas can. If you find that your flies are too flaky with wax, dilute your mixture with more gas. If you take this out with you fishing, dunk it and put in on your hat to dry. Don't try fishing with it right away. It will sink. I find that treating the flies at home first works well for several outings if not the entire season.
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Re: Cheap but effective Floatant

Postby LeGrand on Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:04 pm

Going to try this recipe.

Thanks for sharing.
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