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    Once my walkers/leeda dried out I added fairy to rehydrate it, imo fairy is an essential part of any degreaser my own version fairy+fullers earth makes the tippet break through surface tension on contact without fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbly face View Post
    I find that mud can dry out and you can lose the contents.
    Yep, the Fuller's Earth mix dries out from trip to trip. I make up a cocktail of liquid wetting agents & degreasers and carry some in a washed-out Gink bottle. It can lie on its side in my waistcoat pocket without leaking. At the start of a trip, I add a few drops of the liquid cocktail to the surface of my tub of Fuller's Earth mix and run it about to get the surface wetted. I then run my leader through it. Fuller's Earth is surprisingly abrasive, and that is an important feature of its leadersinking properties.

    I'm not a big fan of the fumed silica powders on CDC. As you say, it gets all over the place. It also washes-off too quickly for my liking. You might like to try a a couple of alternatives:

    1) Dry Magic - just the mearest hint rubbed between thumb and forefinger, and then 'painted' on to the CDC. (Some guys use Gink on CDC the same way, with no problems of slathering the microfibres.)

    2) Silicone spray. A couple of guys I know who fish a team of 4 yellow owls swear by it.

    I use Dry Magic for CDC.

    For drying-out CDC, I use a combo of amadou, followed by a shake in silica gel which is hydrophilic, as opposed to the hydrophobic fumed silicas such as 'Frog's Fanny', etc. I keep a few crystals of indicator silica gel in the tub, which turn from deep blue when dry to pale pink when saturated with water. When they turn pink, I stick it in the oven at 125 C for an hour, which turns it back to deep blue - recharged and ready for use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    If you mix your leeda/walkers leeda sink with glycerin it prevents it drying out
    Did your lureflash sinkit come in an unusually large/generous tub?
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    I use Richard Walker’s stuff and when it starts to dry out put my thumb over the open tub and dip it in the river for a few seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybeegee View Post
    I use Richard Walker’s stuff and when it starts to dry out put my thumb over the open tub and dip it in the river for a few seconds.
    Aye, that's where I tried to improve things with my additional bottle of wetting agent/degreaser. If you just keep adding water every time it dries out, you gradually dilute-out the surfactants. So, I started to carry a separate bottle of surfactants and use it to re-energise the Fuller's Earth mix every time.

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    Thanks for your posts Col. Food for thought.
    I already have Tiemco Drymagic. I'll try the silica gel crystals as the fumed goes all over the place and I go through quite a bit of the stuff. I also like the idea of regenerating the silica gel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee71 View Post
    I've been using a product called lureflash sinkit which is good but can't find any for sale anywhere, the tub I have I found a few years ago and luckily enough was full, another thing about it is that it dont dry out like ledasink.
    I've a tub somewhere, I bought a pack, a tub of floating flyline dressing and a tub of sinkit for sinking lines from the days that they had the shop at Thrybergh (could have been Kilnhurst).
    There are two basic fly designs, those designed to catch fish and those designed to catch fishermen, the latter being the best seller

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_B View Post
    I've a tub somewhere, I bought a pack, a tub of floating flyline dressing and a tub of sinkit for sinking lines from the days that they had the shop at Thrybergh (could have been Kilnhurst).
    You didn't lose it at Morehall did you.

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    3 tubs of Ledasink just arrived. Going to transfer into a different tub to hang from a zinger and will add some of the Xink to help stop any drying out.
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    Glycerin is a humectant I've never used it but some people do with their own mixes to prevent drying out.

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