Fly line cleaning, care, and maintenance

featured, Gear, Product Spotlight — By on March 13, 2013 8:54 am

Scientific Angler has long been the industry leader in the production of fly line. Since 1952 when founder Leon Martuch created the first plastic coated modern floating line, up to the past decade with the development of textured lines, advanced coatings and tapers. But this doesn’t mean much if you are unable to keep you line in proper working order… and this means cleaning. There is no golden rule to frequency of line cleaning… basically if your floating line isn’t floating, its time to clean it.

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Here are a few more tips from the team at Scientific Anglers

Line Cleaning: The best way to clean the line is to use a SA cleaning pad. These do the best job of cleaning your lines, and it is the quickest and easiest method. Use the light gray side (non foam side) of the pad to clean the dirt off. Mild hand soap and water on a cloth work well also. Don’t use detergents or harsh soaps, some of the important lubricants may be removed from the line’s surface.Clean your line if you see that it is getting dirty, or if you notice that it doesn’t float or shoot as well as used to. New AST lines will require less periodic cleaning.

Maximum Performance: For maximum performance and line life, keep your lines clean using the above methods. Should you desire a further, temporary performance boost, consider dressing your line with SA line dressing. Any line will shoot and float better after dressing, although the effects are temporary as the dressing will wear off with use, and the dressing tends to attract dirt and algae. Our new AST coatings benefit less from dressing than other coatings as they are slicker to start with.

Dressings: Use only a silicone based dressing. We recommend Scientific Anglers Dressing. Avoid solvent based dressings like Mucilin which can actually damage fly lines.

Protection: Avoid as much as possible, excessive exposure to heat and UV light when you store your lines. Do not leave them for long periods of time in a hot car, this can be very damaging.

Things to Avoid: Avoid line contact with any solvent based chemicals as well as items such as: insect repellent with DEET and sunscreens.

Storage: It is not necessary to remove lines from your reels for off-season storage. They should be clean and dry, and should be stored where they will not be exposed to heat, light, or any chemicals. If you have lines that you plan to store for extended periods, the refrigerator or even freezer is best.

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  1. warren chan says:

    Good info I rate this 5*

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  2. John Sawtell says:

    Thanks Geoff,
    This is the first time I have seen the dual use of the foam pads. I regularly use the SA flyline kit on all my lines and it increases the life of the line over many years.
    Great video – well done!

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  3. Jack Cummings says:

    I’m of the school that the fly line trumps the rod in importance in a fly fishing system.
    Two things I noticed in this information on line care. In the verbage SA recommends mild hand soap and in the video they say use detergent. Through the years SA has always recommended bar soap Because of past soap recommendations I’ve always used it and never had a line fail me.
    Using buckets I got tangles and it took a lot of time. spreading the line on the floor while walking around the room then following up with a soapy wash cloth then a wash cloth using clean water to rinse is quick and easy.
    Just sayin’, there’s more than one way to skin a cat! 😉

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