Fly Line Care – You don’t always need a new fly line.
Fly Line Care & Maintenance is important! Most of us anglers take special care of our rods, reels and specific gear to help preserve their quality and performance. It has always confused me why more fly anglers don’t take regular care to maintain one of the most critical parts of the equation – the fly line. I couldn’t count how many times a customer has come to me and said they think they need new fly line and asked why they only fished their new line for a year or two by the time it started to sink and cast without the same “new line” pop. The solution is simple people, fly line needs regular maintenance and there are several simple but important steps one can take to prevent dirt build-up, cracking and overall degradation of your fly line.
While we fish from boats or from shore, our fly line gets treated to the same grime and junk that we all get dirty in and love. Remember that the outer core of the fly line has pores that help with floatation as well as sinkability with regards to sinking lines. These pores become clogged with dirt from the ground and bio-junk from the water itself. As these pores become clogged, the line becomes less effective and it needs to be cleaned regularly. I recommend at least once before the season and then once after you decide to hang up the fly gear and pull out the snowboards.