Fly Line Cleaner
"There's no two ways about it, fly line is expensive. We all wish it wasn't, but it is. So choosing to protect your investment and take good care of your fly line with a line dressing is a smart move. This will make sure you don't keep having to buy a new fly line, emptying your pockets to fill your net when fly fishing. Fly fishing line is expensive. The fact that you have decided to protect your investment and take care of your fly line with a good line dressing is a great first step. This will ensure that you do not have to replace your fly line over and over racking up the cost. Now, here are the basic steps to cleaning a fly line:.
Fly lines pick up and hold a film of dirt, grime and salt. With floating fly lines this layer of dirt reduces the lines ability to float, it also severely increases friction through the guides and reduces your ability to shoot line. Dirty fly lines tend to degrade and crack much sooner than fly lines that are cleaned and dressed regularly. A clean, slick line will make a world of difference to your casting and fly fishing.
A dirty fly line is effectively a string coated in grinding paste, every time that line runs through your guides it is grinding away at your rod guides - and if you are a habitual hauler like me, that's thousands of cycles a season.
Most modern fly lines are internally lubricated - that is, the lubrication is actually present within the line and weeps out over time. In days gone by, the slickness was added externally after the fly line was extruded - the slick coating wearing off quite quickly. So a line dressing was required. I believe that line dressing is still required with the moderen lines as they age. Looking after your fly line will certainly improve your fly fishing.
Leading brands like Scientific Anglers, RIO and Loon all make quality line dressing, it's up to you to choose the one you like.