Video Pro Tips: How to Use Floatant Properly


There’s a new fly-fishing “expert” on the Youtube scene, goes by the sobriquet Huge Fly Fisherman. The man behind the Buff is actually Ben Sittig, a guide from Colorado, whom we’ve seen before, in Unicorn Valley.

In this video, he offers some valuable advice about how to use floatant and dry shake in a two-part system to keep your flies high and dry on the water for as long as possible. Use one, then the other until your fly sinks. Then tie on a new fly and repeat. Like Ben, I know how painful it can be to watch someone smear gel all over a waterlogged fly.

There’s a lot of other tomfoolery going on, but the real lesson comes in the clip from :34 to 1:15. The rest of the video is pretty fun, but his advice is dead-on: “If you’re gonna be a dry-fly snob, please do it right.”

6 thoughts on “Video Pro Tips: How to Use Floatant Properly”

  1. I use a lot of cdc i use frog fanny to make it new after it gets wet. there are a lot of emerging patterns that i don’t put flotatin on but the part of the fly i want out of the water. your Absolutely Wright on putting flotatin on dry,s. But there’s a hell of a lot of different factors and patterns. Fish on.

  2. Could you give me some tips for a first time trip to Montana.
    I’ll be fishing by myself and budget would be around $1800

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