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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Most Economical Floatant

"Most Economical Floatant" by the YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers blog has discovered the best, most economical floatant available. It is NOT FLAMMABLE and is available in bulk at most pharmacies. This is not an original idea, but will make your Idaho fly fishing trips easy and economical.

ALBOLENE is a cream which contains paraffin, mineral oil and petroleum. You can buy a 12 ounce tub at pharmacies like Walgreens for $11.99. It will last you for  years. It makes a great floatant for all of your dry flies and you need do nothing to use. If you find in the winter that you need to thin slightly, just add some mineral oil. The mixture is very safe and is NOT FLAMMABLE. Should you need another usage, simply coat onto those areas where you have unwanted fat and wrap with saran wrap while you fly fish Idaho and you can lose unwanted pounds as well. Or at least that is what it is used for at the local health club.

I take mine and place into a pill box which you can buy for about a buck, and I then place the box in a plastic baggie in my vest. You can spoon the Albolene directly into your pill box or, what I find to be easier, is to microwave a glob in a red solo cup until melted (several minutes on high) and pour into the pill box. Pour the leftovers back into the tub. Don't forget to bring along some "Top Ride" desiccant for when your fly begins to sink, and unfortunately it will eventually. The only other advice I have is to not coat your flies too heavily with the Albolene. Like all the other floatants, it will cause the hackle to stick together. Try it out. You will not be disappointed and it is very cheap.

Happy Idaho fly fishing.

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  1. Could this be used as a furled leader floatant?

  2. Yes. I do use Albolene as a furled leader floatant, but most good furled leaders, like those from Zen usually do not need anything.