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HowToClean YourFlyLine

Your fly line receives some horrendous treatment during a busy season. Thrown about in the air thousands of times… stretched to its limit against the strain of a fleeing 6lb fighting-fit rainbow trout… yanked to within an inch of its life when your errant flies find themselves embedded in the branches of a nearby tree… attached to the mooring rope of your boat or, even worse, wrapped around the propeller of an outboard engine.

It’s also subjected to ‘boater’s boot’, being squashed firmly into a muddy bank by a misplaced size 10 wading boot. None of which is the fault of the angler, of course… “I’m sure that tree moved just as I was casting.”

So, before the new season, take some time out to give your fly line some well-deserved TLC. It’ll pay you back tenfold in the long run. Consider this: Paying for a fly line can relieve you of up to 50 quid, but what does a pack of baby wipes cost? Do the maths for yourself.

If your floating line is cracked, brittle and sinks akin to a Di7 then it’s a sure bet it needs changing. However, some regular maintenance could prolong the inevitable.

Your fly line needs cleaning if: • You feel micro-grit on the line as you strip it in • For floating line, the first 10 feet or so of line doesn’t float • The line retains coil memory • The line has small cracks in it • The line feels brittle

If the last two observations above are noticed, the bad news is that the line is on its last legs. The good news is that a cleaning and reinvigoration of the line may add another season of use before you have to replace it.

Cleaning Your Floating Fly Line Materials required: • Mild washing-up liquid • Clean rag or kitchen roll • Fly-line dressing • Line winder (optional)