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: Fly line dressing?

rip tide
08-30-2006, 03:41 PM
There is a common household kitchen product that acts like a good lubricator as fly line dressing. A guide I used once keyed me on this secret but I can't remember his words of advice. Anyone out there know what I'm talking about? Maybe it was for cleaning line... I thought he mentioned it was good for lubrication.

08-31-2006, 07:06 AM
Armoral is the one I recall

08-31-2006, 07:56 AM
Plain ivory soap is good for cleaning residue off floating lines. I use line dressing from the flyshop for reconditioning once cleaned.

08-31-2006, 07:59 AM
I think much has been written that Armorall has ruined lines. I'd go with the Ivory.

08-31-2006, 08:56 AM
Scientific Anglers fly line dressing is the best I have found. It's expensive over here in the UK, about 12.00 if I remember rightly (we are not known as "Rip Off Britain" for nothing) you only need two drops on a soft cloth and the line shoots for miles.


08-31-2006, 11:52 AM
I use a line winder and a cloth with hot water for my lines to get any salt off. I then use the Renew line cleaner tool to apply their cleaner/dressing. After a fresh application the line usually is slick enough to slip through your hands on the haul. I believe it was only about 12 bucks for the tool and another 4-5 for the solution which lasts a while. I think if you read the "owners manual" that comes with the new lines they would only reccomend hot water and mild soap as they each have their own proprietary coatings.


rip tide
08-31-2006, 12:58 PM
i have to find my rio booklet.

i don't believe it was amoral.

i'm going to get in the habit of cleaning/lubricating regularly. i've constantly overlooked this...

does everyone else do line maintence on a regular basis?

09-07-2006, 09:48 AM
im no expert and armorall will not disclose their active ingredient for there slickness. yes armoral can degrade fly lines. but in my experience and others before me who told me of this that the process is much slower than usual offenders such as retained salt cystals, uv light, tip top friction, and the occasional studded wader boot compression. most flylines loose there slickness after 2-3 seasons of hard use and most people who fish as much as i and spend as much as i to outfit and travel to our quarry a new line every two or three years is a drop in the bucket. hence armoral has overall lil effect on this cycle. fwiw this stuff is super slick and with the new toweletts it is wicked easy to use. ive used it for 3-4 years now without any noticable shortcomings. my only question that remains is the smell of the stuff. im not sure if i can identify if fish repel it but it is an unanswered possibility. but i still use it regularly and i still catch enough fish to keep the obsession going.

09-07-2006, 10:05 AM
Rio reccomends STP Son-Of-A-Gun for slicking up their sinking lines.

I rinse mine on the reel with fresh water and occasionally run them through a Sci Anglers cleaning pad. That's about it.