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: frozen guides

01-07-2006, 08:03 PM
spent the day fishing on the salmon river, but unfortunately spent more time de-icing my guides than actually fishing.
anyone have any good tips on keeping the guides ice free?
i've heard of using WD-40 - anyone with any experience with this?
likewise, i heard that Loon makes a deicing product.
i've also heard that fly floatant applied to the guides helps.
any thoughts would be helpful.

01-07-2006, 10:53 PM
That's a tough one...

not a solution per se but lots of line stripping causes more icing
titanium guides shed ice better
dipping the guides in the water is a quick fix that causes more icing overall

other than that a trip to the Bahamas is all I can think of :)

01-08-2006, 04:57 AM
An obvious hint is trying to move the line through the guides as little as possible. Spey and roll casting do this well, and if you're high-sticking, try to keep the same length of line out all the time.
On a recent trip there, I was surprised by how well Stanley's ice-off worked.
But the basic line of defense is not to pull a wet line into the guides.
I also have issues wit the line itself icing up, getting heavy and ruining drifts; only trick I can find there is to high-stick with a shorter line and try to keep it off the water as much as possible.

01-08-2006, 11:51 AM
Try petroleum jelly!

01-08-2006, 08:59 PM
thanks for the input.
sounds as if ice is a problem to live with.
i suppose it's better to have iced guides than not to be fishing

01-09-2006, 08:16 AM
Chapstick works pretty well, probably gives you another ten minutes of fishing each time and that adds up to about an hour a day. Any Fish?

01-09-2006, 03:35 PM
stanley's ice off paste workd well also

01-09-2006, 07:43 PM
[QUOTE= Any Fish?[/QUOTE]

none landed that day. there are quite a few in the river though.

01-09-2006, 10:31 PM
Pam veggie spray is supposed to work, as with any petro I would try to keep it off my line.