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I have been doing more thinking than fishing, that being said.........

What is the difference between GINK/Gunk and a powder floatant like "shake and bake".?

When would use either?

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The powder is more for natural materials like CDC feathers to help them float. If you try to goop up a CDC feather with Gink it actually makes it sink more.

The goop is good for a bulkier fly I think, or if you're fishing some pretty turbulent water. I also comb it into my indicator to get it to float better.
 
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Shake-n-Bake powders ( Shimzake, Daves, Frogs Fanny..) are for dressed dries primarily. If you use a bit on nymphs it gives a nice emergent bubble effect. Just brush it on, work it in gently, and it'll last several drifts. Be sure the fly is dry enough before re-application.

Gink is ok for HEAVILY hackled dries like Humpies but no good for "normal" dries. Works pretty good on foam flies as well, just use a small ammt.

DO NOT use Gink or other silicone gels on hair ! It'll mat the hair bad .

As stated above, Gink etc. is excellent for yarn indicators.
 
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