Not all fly floatants are created equally. What’s more, not all fly floatants are appropriate for universal use on the water.

For instance, CDC flies will do better if the angler applies a silicon-based floatant rather than a gel floatant. Bigger flies might require a liquid floatant that can get down into the hairs used to tie them to keep them buoyant.

There are many kinds of floatants available, and they all work fairly well, assuming we, as anglers, know what flies take which floatant the best.

Above, Rob Parkins, of RIO Products, gives us a quick primer that lets us know which floatants are best for which flies. It’s good information. Check it out.