We're now at the time of year where fish will be looking at the surface a lot more and we'll be thinking less about how to get things down and more about how to keep them up (cue Viagra innuendo).
Different flies require different treatments, some none at all, but it's safe to say you're not going to go and smear silicone floatant over your delicate little CDC, we have something much better for it.
Here's a quick breakdown on what Montana Fly Company offer in the way of applications, tonics and potions to help avoid any embarrassment due to streamside floatation performance issues.
NON SILICONE "FLOAT COAT" FLOATANT GEL
Here's the gig, if you want your bugs to float high then this is the best stuff around. The downside is it's not temperature stable like the silicone based gel and it can leave an oil slick on the water. The good thing is it floats your flies like nothing else.
SILICONE BASED "PREMIUM FLOATANT GEL"
So this guy on the other hand is temperature stable ie its the same consistency in cold or warm weather and it wont leave and oil slick on the water.
This is the stuff to use to get all of the water and slime out of your fly after you've caught a fish or its become water logged. Just drop the fly in close the lid, give it a shake and hey presto, it floats again.
This is a finer powder than the dry shake, it comes with a small brush which is great for treating delicate CDC patterns.
This is genuine CDC oil from france, this is the perfect stuff for recharging the natural oils in your cdc fly patterns.