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dry floatant question

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#31 mikechell


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 05:46 PM

I met a man at a boat ramp this last summer.  He was preparing his trot lines for a day's harvest.  He had a piece of aluminum foil on each hook, and was spraying them with WD-40.


I was watching him, and asked him, "Do you really catch fish with that?"


His reply, "Yep.  I've been doing this for the last 10 years or so.  I have full lines almost every time I run them!"


"Been supporting my family this way for the last 6 or so of them years."


WD-40 might not be SOLD as a fish attractant.  It definitely DOESN'T have any fish oil in it.  But according to that man ... it's definitely a scent the fish are attracted to.   They might be hitting the flashing piece of foil ... but they're drawn in by the WD-40.

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 02:57 PM

If an highly respected and highly successful fisherman like Ray Bergman uses such a product I would highly doubt it has a large negative impact on catching fish.  I don't mind the smell of camp fuel (white gas), it's far less bothersome than unleaded gasoline.  I'm always using camp fuel for something or another (like running my clothes iron).  And what I would appreciate from his formula more than the floatant I use is that it also is supposed to clean the fly and would be less messy on my hands than the gel like substance I use now.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 04:20 PM

Ray Bergman's Formula!  Best fly floatant there is.  I carry it in a one ounce Nalgene bottle.  So many people have used this over the years.  I don't think it adversely effects fish-catching too terribly much.  


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 09:18 AM

I made some us using Coleman fuel, since that is what I had.  However, a bit of personal experience.  I thought adding a little extra wax would be better, but it's not.  Stick to the formula.  Extra wax in means two things.  It hardens up at a higher temperature and it leave a thicker wax coating on the fly.  So thick that it looks terrible and hackle and other similar materials clump together. 


But using the correct recipe and the fly is left with thinner layer of wax.  When flung around a few times it doesn't take long for the fuel to evaporate and I can hardly smell the fuel. 


Great article Dr. L.  Will defenently keep a small jar in my tackle box.  Also could be a good fire starter if you get stranded out in the sticks.