No. 16 – Fishing Tips
8 August 2016 | Paul Procter
Cleaning Fly Lines
Whilst there are lots of newfangled products out there, a 30-minute soaking in tepid water with a drop of washing up liquid softens any grime or dirt that’s accumulated on a line’s coating. From here, it’s simply a matter of drawing your line through a damp cloth a couple of times. Make sure the coating is totally dry before applying any line dressing, which is best administered via a thin sponge or dry rag.
Although line can be gathered back onto your reel immediately after applying any treatment, it’s perhaps best to leave a drying time of 20 minutes or so. Any excessive dressing should be removed with a dry cloth, which also provides a polished finish. Some might consider all this effort unnecessary, yet like most equipment that’s cared for, it will repay you tenfold in performance.