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    Just wondering why synthetic yarn would absorb water? It is a preferred material in very large flies, pike, and salt water, precisely because it doesn't absorb water, and is, therefore, easier to cast after it has become wet.
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    While synthetic yarns don't actually absorb water the dense set of closely aligned fibers tend to wick water up between them and hold it. When my strike indicators start riding low because of this I just grasp them in one hand and strip the water out with the fingers of the other hand. The yarn is almost instantly buoyant again.
    No one is making more water. Use what we have wisely.

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    Alan,

    I am no expert on yarn materials, but I know from personal experience that the Antron Yarn I often use gets "matted" and "seems" to wick moisture to it.
    Can you clarify for me?
    Zelon, on the other hand does not behave that way for me.
    Would appreciate input. Maybe I am missing out.

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    Fishing poly winged duns I've only known that happen with very fine stranded yarn. One way to stop it is to put a drop of floatant on the back of your hand and rub just the wing into it. You only want the lightest of touches of floatant spread through the wing. Never had any problem then. My poly yarn winged flies will sit lower than those you have shown so would be more prone to this if it was a problem.
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    Alan,
    Ever use Dazzleaire? That is the antron yarn I am referring to.

    Did a bit of looking into the issue.

    APPARENTLY, there are many core materials in "yarn". The information I have found suggests that if the core material in the "yarn" is cotton, it will absorb water. So, I guess one should recommend "non-cotton-based" yarn for a dry fly's wing.
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    Byron, try NICHE poly yarn from FLY TYing SPECIALITES . Nice yarn and can tye small if you need to.

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    No Byron, its not something I've come across here, at least not by that name.
    Niche Siliconised Polypropylene Yarn is great stuff. Expensive, but does the job. They do a fine version as well. Mostly I use Antron Body Wool, its a fraction of the price. Also available in far more colours. If you have problems seeing a small parachute dry at a distance try using peach coloured yarn, it stands out very well.
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