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    Default A floating intermediate flyline???

    I fished my local resevoir this morning trying all sorts of depths to find the fish. When i changed my line to a slow intermediate i had trouble to get the line to sink, it was floating better than my floating line, ha! Any ideas what can be done to solve the problem?
    Thanks

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    Hi Huw Pugh,

    First of all welcome to the forum.

    I had a similar problem last week when I cleaned my line with Armoral Dashboard wipes and I asked this question too. The advice I got was to clean the line with a mild soapy water. I also heard that if you leave your line in water over night it should start to sink straight away when you start fishing. I havn't tried any of these yet. Here is the link of my Thread:

    http://www.flyforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=35965

    Let me know how you get on

    Tight lines
    buzzr

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    Hi Guys
    I once cleaned a intermediate line with son of a gun on a cloth and within a few weeks it was all cracked. I don't think cleaning sinking lines with any thing other than soapy water is a good idea.
    Tight Lines
    Trout Hunter
    Trout,great to hunt,greater to release.

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    The snowbee line degreaser is very good for intermediate/sinking lines.

    Seems to take any grease off and gets them under.

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    Thanks for the ideas will try leaving it soak in soapy water over night i think, see how we go from there.
    Thanks again

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    i had exactly same problem with a cortland intermediate camo.

    the reply from cortland was to wipe line through a damp cloth with fairy liquid.
    i washed it in fairy liquid then wiped it through . works a treat now
    its the early bird that catches the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese

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    never use anything other than soapy water to clean a sinker or intermediete you will just put a coat of silicone on it and make it float even more i found out by making the same mistake , you dont say what make of line your having trouble with some of the cheaper makes never sink quite right also they hold a lot of memory a no no for sinking lines ,it would be a good idea to gently take the coils [kinks ]out of it by pulling the whole line out onto the feild ,pull it threw your fingers so it spins then do it again you will find that it helps [a straighter line will sink better]

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    Back in the early seventies we were sold the kelly green intermediate as the do anything line , grease it and it floated ,degrease it and it would sink .
    well it did sortof ,but not very well !
    I always carried a small bottle of fairy liquid and a rag to wipe the inter down to make it sink ,then they were great lines for presenting a slowly fished lure at a variety of depths .
    had a couple of seasons where the kelly green and a green backed baby doll caught 90% of my fish (well over the ton in numbers),would hate to do it again !
    Andy Wren
    Still fishing but slowly!

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    As has been said, don't clean sinking lines with anything silicon based. I've also found old intermediates to often be better than new ones because after a bit of wear and tear they naturally sink better. In fact I don't bother cleaning them at all other than a wipe down to remove mud and grit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speycaster View Post
    never use anything other than soapy water to clean a sinker or intermediete you will just put a coat of silicone on it and make it float even more i found out by making the same mistake , you dont say what make of line your having trouble with some of the cheaper makes never sink quite right also they hold a lot of memory a no no for sinking lines ,it would be a good idea to gently take the coils [kinks ]out of it by pulling the whole line out onto the feild ,pull it threw your fingers so it spins then do it again you will find that it helps [a straighter line will sink better]
    The line i've got is an airflo sixth sense. I will try cleaning it in soapy water by the next time i go. Will post the result.
    Thanks

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