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Old 11-01-2018, 01:49 AM
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I once washed a Cortland line in fairy liquid, it went a bit sticky and strangely supple, it lost that stiffness you mention that you get with new lines, I later read that its unwise to put detergent on fly lines because they are porous and it leaches out plasticisers or whatever that keep the line stiff, it seemed to correlate with my experience, I just lube them now, I have lines that are greyed with years of lubing, they are stiffer and the coating is patinated and shiny, like a coating of glass, I'm not sure what to make of this but they are my best casting lines.
G'day Alan
I never liked cortland lines all that much either. I always thought plasticisers were what kept the line supple but whatever.

A little bit of mild soap/surfactant is good for cleaning imho. A little bit of something else is good for lubing the line. Hear what you say but I do like a bit each way.

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Old 11-01-2018, 07:15 AM
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Default Cleaning fly lines, what works best and what does everyone use?

Iím a stickler for clean lines degreased tippet etc etc. I buy the best tackle i can get my hands on, try to use them to the best of my limited ability so logic dictates I should look after it.

A neat trick to getting a flyline clean of dirt is walking through prefereble damp grass. I cast out the complete line and some backing out of the rod tip and walk for a bit. The walking through grass also takes out a lot of the kinks i put in the line with circle speys or pickoffs which i do a lot. Then spool back up through a cloth rag. When i arrive back home or at my cabin or hotel i pull the entire line back off give it a clean with a damp cloth again. Dry it off with a dry cloth then lube, i like the snowbee lube or tmc lube, let the lube sit for a while and spool back up through a dry cloth. Jobs done.

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G'day Alan
I never liked cortland lines all that much either. I always thought plasticisers were what kept the line supple but whatever.
I think you are right there but some lines like Wulff tt's, maybe all I don't know, have a coating, I don't know the chemistry of it but I have seen concentrated detergent strip lacquer from a car, to be fair it was a litre bottle mixed so concentrate in a lab that you could run a power washer for months, you have to wear gloves with it to prevent it leaching the oils out of your skin.

There are a couple of images I uploaded, probably years ago now, taken with a digital microscope of a new line beside an older one, you can see the bits of glass that make the line float and bits of dirt that look like rocks embedded in the older line.

Did I just overgeek that?
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I just use warm water with a tiny bit of eco friendly dish soap followed by some supermarket brand silicone based furniture polish (about 75p iirc). No idea if this is good / bad for the line but has proven pretty effective and no problems... yet.
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Did I just overgeek that?
Nah. This is fly fishing and casting. Couldn't happen. At least you weren't being caustic. Some people find that a detergent to posting. Sadly, I could go on.

But seriously, I've not had a line go glassy as you describe. Mine just get sticky in the guides from the cr@p they pick up.

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Default Re: Cleaning fly lines, what works best and what does everyone use?

I'm fastidious about cleaning my lines, I think this is why I get so long out of heavily used XS's. I wipe the line down with a damp cloth, then wipe dry, then apply snowbee line slick. I have a #4 that will go into season 4 this year, and as Alan states, it has what feels like an extra coating.. Very smooth and supple and shoots extremely well, even with my unorthodox casting stroke. This cleaning also aids in prolonging the life of the line. Before I cleaned regularly in this manner I could bin an XS after 2 seasons sometimes less, due to the coating coming away just behind the head.
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Default Re: Cleaning fly lines, what works best and what does everyone use?

One thing about detergents is that you should never use washing up liquid for cleaning cars and motorcycles.
The reason being is that they contain a lot of salt and are quite corrosive.
I would have thought that any quality product aimed at the automotive cleaning world with its mass use of plastics would be much kinder to fly lines.
I pull Lines through a suitable cleaning wipe and then a line conditner almost every trip and so far, so good.
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