Cleaning Fly Line

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2007/09/26 11:44:41 (permalink)

Cleaning Fly Line

The manufacturers of most fly lines recommend that you should clean your line
with a non-detergent soap.  What do most of you all use to clean your fly line?
Thanks for any opinions!

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    jlh42581
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/26 14:42:33 (permalink)
    They make special cleaners you just spray on and wipe off.
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    steelydaze
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/26 16:24:15 (permalink)
    I just use wd40
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    dano
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/26 17:11:03 (permalink)
    Bar soap.

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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/26 17:37:49 (permalink)
    I've used whatever dishwashing detergent the wife has at the sink. I quess i should look for non detergent from now on. I do it at the beginning of the steelie year and about the middle.

    I also read somewhere to use rainex pads to wipe on the line after cleaning if you didn't have a specific floatant for the line. I tried that also but haven't used the line since.
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    woodnickle
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/26 21:13:53 (permalink)
    Armer all.

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    luvinbluegills
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/26 23:28:19 (permalink)
    I take a drop or two of dish soap in a big bowl. Add warmwater and submerge your line. Shake it around a bit. Dip it in clean rinse water and then add the floatant of your choice. I like Turtle Wax 2001 sprayed onto a cloth and then drawing the line through it as I reel it back onto the... reel.

    I bet Rain-X would work well. It sure does on my windshield!

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    flyfishindave
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/27 06:37:46 (permalink)
    I like mild bar soap on a warm wet cloth & do it  3 or 4 times
    & then use muslin with silcon, put it heavy & let set for a couple of hours
     then polish the line with a soft rag, if you let it on heavy it will
    pick up dirt very fast, I try to do this every 5 or 6 times I fish that line
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/28 08:12:52 (permalink)
    Thanks to all that replied.  I only asked the question because I've used dish detergent in the past and was wondering if I was washing away some of the lines built-in protection agents.  Anybody ever use Nikwax Tech Wash, a cleaner for waterproof textiles?.....so its ok to use Armorall?....WD40?

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    flirod4evr
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/28 08:58:10 (permalink)
    I think it might be illegal to use WD-40 because putting oil in the water. I dont know for sure but i think.
     
     
     
     
     
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    jlh42581
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/28 09:25:27 (permalink)
    You guys are insane, no wonder you need new fly line every two years. Never ever put any chemicals on a fly line. Hell even bug spray EATS!!!!!!!!!!!! fly line.

    Armor All, Rainx.... your money, waste it if you want.
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/28 13:35:24 (permalink)
    I always clean my flyline with a non-detergent soap, usually ivory bar soap and water. I let the line soak for a few minutes, then clean it by pulling the line through a cloth soaked in the soapy water. Next, I rinse the soap off the line, and dry it. After it dries, I use Loon linespeed line treatment. It seems to fill in any small cracks in your line, and prevents your line from getting dirty for a while.
     
    I have used UV2, 303, and armor all on lines, and I gotta say, nothing compares to the Loon linespeed.
     
    I have tried the cleaning pads from cortland, and they arent worth crap.
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    luvinbluegills
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/28 13:48:36 (permalink)
    I've been using 2001 protectant since my second year of flyfishing (1995). I've only had ONE line deteriorate in all that time, and it was my oldest line. All the rest are fully functional. I wash them two to three times a season and when I wash 'em I treat 'em. It makes a big difference. 

    I'll have to give that Loon linespeed a try!

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    Rio
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/09/30 16:35:41 (permalink)
    A buddy put me onto this product http://www.blakemorelure.com/real_magic_rod.html and I have used it to clean and lubricate my flylines over the summer. It works very well and I would recomend it.
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/10/01 01:46:06 (permalink)
    Rio,where did you buy that cleaner?
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    RE: Cleaning Fly Line 2007/10/01 12:30:45 (permalink)
    pafisher-
     
    You should be able to find Real Magic or Reel Magic at places like Gander Mountain, Dicks, or even Walmart.
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