Montana Dry Fly Shake and Bake – Keep Your Fly Dry!
By Kelsey

Posted: June 20, 2012

Montana Dry Fly Shake and Bake – Keep Your Fly Dry!

Montana Grant has come up with a remedy for drowning dry flies while fly fishing the rivers and lakes of Montana and we would like to share it with you. Dry flies work best when they are floating! There are a ton of great products that help keep your fly from drowning. Silicon gels and desiccate powders are a must. Here’s the routine to keep your fly dry!

What You Do

  • Apply the silicone gel to your fly sparingly (a little dab will do), rub the gel into your fly; a little on the leader for a foot or so is OK
  • Present your dry fly so you get a natural life-like drift
  • False casting helps to wick off moisture between drifts
  • After catching a fish, wash the fish slime off your fly and check your hook point and knot
  • Add the fly to some powdered fly desiccate and “shake and bake” in the container
  • A false cast or two will flick off the extra powder
  • Your fly is back in floating form and ready to go fishing!!

Make Your Own Powder

To make your own desiccate powder, collect the moisture protection packs from various product packaging.  Crush the round silica balls and place into a small capped bottle.  Cut a smoothed groove on one edge to allow the line to set in without getting pinched. “Shake and bake” your wet flies away!!