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

    Does warm water and fairy liquid do the job or is there something else that works better?

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    Steven

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

    Sit still and watch the river, it's all a part of fishing, oh and never trust a man in sandals.

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

    I've taken to running them through baby wipes, rub dry through a duster then armorall, then duster again. I rub them over with permafloat, barrio line treatment or mucilin sometimes depending on which tin comes to hand, I don't think there's a great deal of difference between them when it comes to how they perform. Can't be doing with untangling them every time I wash them and running them through your fingers helps detect any flaws/problems.

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

    Personally, I have never washed/cleaned a fly line in my life.

    There is a thread in 'Viewpoint' at the moment entitled 'Laziness'

    That's me!



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

    I don't think it makes any difference, I lube very often, a small corner of an old cloth kept in a sealed plastic container with a spot of Snowbee line lube, once up and down and left to soak in, takes 2 mins, off onto he carpet and back on, dirt comes off onto the cloth.

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

    When I was stillwater fishing I would clean my lines after 3 outings without fail. Dirt, grit and general muck do not a happy line make. As you said, warm water and fairy works well but this is just to get the muck off. I would then gently pull through an old T towel and run a fresh bowl of warm water and do the process again. If it was a sinker I would then use a baby wipe and spool it back up, if it was a floater I would run it through a cotton cloth treated with snowbee line slick. My sinkers sank my floaters floated and all of the lines casted perfectly.
    It also gives you a chance to inspect the lines especially important for bank angling as you may accidently damage a part of the line by standing on it or by your back cast hitting a rock etc.

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

    Last to trip to Tassie (lake fishing) I ended up cleaning lines most days. My "wet" wipes had dried out in the pack so I would dampened one with water and a touch of hand soap. Strung the line up between two obligingly spaced trees and went back and forward with the wipe. A lot of gunk came off. Skid marks on the wipe.

    Repeated with a clean wipe surface and followed with a pad charged with Barrio Line Care. Waited a while and buffed off. Still gunk on the wipe. Reapplied Line Care and buffed off again without waiting too long. Sometimes it took 3 applications to get to very little sign of gunk. All good. No more stickiness in the guides.

    After a few days of this I noticed that a new line which had been a bit stiffer than the old ones, started to relax. My first thought had been that the line material was slightly different. After a few treatments it felt and behaved like the older lines.

    Morals of the story? Cleaning and lubing aren't quite the same but can happen at the same time. The sticky gunk can be surprisingly persistent. These lines seem to absorb some of the "lube".

    Not much of this will be of interest unless you regularly shoot a fair bit of line and want economy and consistency of effort.

    Cheers
    Mark

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

    Here we go boys, get the popcorn out...

    Welcome to Armorall, good or bad? Part 10: Fairy liquid fights back.

    Coming soon: Mono vs Fluoro, the final countdown.

    Skaj

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

    Quote Originally Posted by geenomad View Post
    Last to trip to Tassie (lake fishing) I ended up cleaning lines most days. My "wet" wipes had dried out in the pack so I would dampened one with water and a touch of hand soap. Strung the line up between two obligingly spaced trees and went back and forward with the wipe. A lot of gunk came off. Skid marks on the wipe.

    Repeated with a clean wipe surface and followed with a pad charged with Barrio Line Care. Waited a while and buffed off. Still gunk on the wipe. Reapplied Line Care and buffed off again without waiting too long. Sometimes it took 3 applications to get to very little sign of gunk. All good. No more stickiness in the guides.

    After a few days of this I noticed that a new line which had been a bit stiffer than the old ones, started to relax. My first thought had been that the line material was slightly different. After a few treatments it felt and behaved like the older lines.

    Morals of the story? Cleaning and lubing aren't quite the same but can happen at the same time. The sticky gunk can be surprisingly persistent. These lines seem to absorb some of the "lube".

    Not much of this will be of interest unless you regularly shoot a fair bit of line and want economy and consistency of effort.

    Cheers
    Mark
    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.

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

    Just get your line/lines back out in the water...
    There's more to life than just fishing....but I ignore them.

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