Taking care of flylines
You think your floating line isn’t floating
as well as it used to do, or isn’t as slick as it used to be? The reasons and
the fix are probably pretty simple.
Lines float because they are lighter than
water, and because they are hydrophobic, they repel water. For lines to float
their best, both of these features need to be working. The density of your line
won’t change, it won’t absorb water and become waterlogged and sink, but if it
gets dirty it won’t repel the water well and it will float lower in the surface
tension and may get pulled under now and then. The key to good flotation is
keeping your lines clean so the hydrophobic surface can work.
Cleaning with soap and water on a cloth
removes most of the dirt, but our new cleaning pads work even better.
Properly cleaned your lines will float better, cast better and last longer,
certainly a good trade-off for a couple minutes of line maintenance.
use the cleaning pad, pinch the pad over the line so that the abrasive,
non-foam side touches the line. Pull the fly line through the pad under
some tension. Repeat this process until some of the fly line color is
visible on the pad.
Clean your lines every 2-3 outings, or
anytime you think dirt is hindering their performance. The cleaning pads are
easy to carry in your vest or tackle bag and can be used anytime, wet or dry.
Note that flyline dressing could be used to reduce friction in casting scenarios, but we don’t
recommend it for fishing.