The “Shake and Bake” Method of Fly Dressing

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Photo by Louis Cahill

Will Sands shows me how he dresses his fly. “it’s like frying chicken” he tells me.

I love that, the guy from Colorado telling the boy from Georgia about frying chicken. I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first but Will’s “Shake and Bake” method really works, for flies anyway. That’s not how we cook chicken where I’m from.

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Louis Cahill
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4 thoughts on “The “Shake and Bake” Method of Fly Dressing

  1. this is a great tip. I had no idea how important that dust can be until I fished with Ian Rutter a couple of years ago. He really paid a lot of attention to the gink and dust process, re-applied a whole lot more than I would have thought to do, and as a result, we caught a lot more fish.

  2. I’ve used this method before. The heavy powder coating sticking to all the Aquel makes every fly look white, which can sometimes still work. They definitely float better. If you try to rub the powder in and restore some natural color, it results in a goopy paste on the fly. I do better just using Aquel at first. Then if the fly starts sinking or if I catch a fish and need it, I’ll dust it with Frog’s Fanny. The brush lets me fluff up and dry very well any matted fibers. My 2 cents.

    • Yes it does. You can actually see the cloud come off the fly. To be honest I was skeptical at first but it really does work. A lot of folks will not like this idea but think about it. The fish look up at the fly. It’s back lite to them. Hold a fly in front of the sun and see if you can see the powder on it. In broken water, like the water on the Roaring Fork, what the fish see is a point of light caused be the fly in the surface film. Size and profile become much more important than color. Shake and Bake is not the only way to do it but it’s a good way.

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