Dry Fly Floatants (Buy Now)

A fly floats for hours sitting in a pan of water after being treated with a dry fly floatant.

A fly floats for hours sitting in a pan of water after being treated with a dry fly floatant.

Most dry fly floatants are greasy semi-liquids that maintain a barrier between a fly and the water, thus strengthening the surface tension and allowing the fly to ride on top of the water.
First rule is:
don't put fly floatant on any bare part of the hook if you want the fly to float with the hook point under water. If you coat the hook bend, the fly will usually ride on it side.
Second rule is: to use the floatant sparingly. Adding too much floatant makes the fly heavier. you just need enough to make a barrier between the water and the fly.