Hi John - I looked everywhere - lots of places 'out of stock '.Any of the irish guys know where I can get Fulling Mill tippet sinkant/degreaser or similar in Ireland? I don't want to pay UK postage and have delay from across the water etc.
I would say if any floatant is leeching from your fly to your leader, you have used way too much. I call the amount actually required “Essence” of, especially Gink.I haven't used that brand, is it good?
I have tried most proprietary brands and homemade and they all work, sometimes.
Sometimes nothing works, at times the meniscus ain't allowing the leader through, nuh-uh, no-way, even with fluoro. I also think any line grease works it's way down onto the leader and will float even thick fluoro for ever. Especially line slick with silicone in it. I think Gink does the same thing when it leaches onto thw tippet, especially dries on droppers where it can get onto the adjacent line. I have caught plenty of fish on dries with floating leaders when I cannot get the ruddy stuff to sink, mind.
For those flat calm evening rises on my local lake I have just ordered some tungsten rig putty and will stick a tiny blob or two in strategic places after seeing it suggested on here.
Fingers crossed this may actually work
Even tiny amounts of silicone will leach from the line dressing and fly floatant onto the leader. Even if applied really sparingly, as you correctly recommend. All these products are water soluble to an extent and WILL leach and get onto the leader eventually. Even if you polish off any line dressing, the build up of silicone can continue leaching for a long time. Silicone Mucilin is one of the best line floatants, and one of the worst offenders in this regard.I would say if any floatant is leeching from your fly to your leader, you have used way too much. I call the amount actually required “Essence” of, especially Gink.
Similarly, if you clean then slick your fly lines, any residue of slick should be removed, but again, the amount required shouldn’t be enough to make its way to the leader.