I decided to bite the bullet and clean my fly lines. Cleaning your fly lines is probably one of the most satisfying things you can do to improve your casting and the “floatability” of your line. I have read you are supposed to clean your line after every other trip using special products however I do it a few times a year using fairy liquid.
Why clean your fly line?
Over the course of the season it picks up grime, weed and if like me you are paranoid about the tip sinking then generous amounts of floatant which must be washed off with the other debris.
- Fill up your sink with warm water with some fairy liquid – just enough to make it bubble.
- Strip off half your fly line into the sink. (I only strip off half as I am lucky to cast that far)
- Move the water around over your fly line using your fingers – do not do this too much or you could end up with big wet knots in your fly line.
- Get a paper towel and wet it, then pull the line through the wet paper towel starting at the reel end using moderate pressure until you get to the tip of the fly line.
- Marvel at the line of grime left on the paper towel.
- Repeat steps 2-4 (there is never the same amount of satisfying grime the second time)
- Now get a dry paper towel and pull the line through it – this time you are drying the line, once done repeat.
- Wind line back on reel.
You now have a fly line which will float much better than it did before until around your 3rd trip when it starts picking up grime again.