Re: Line: where and what to buy?
To Jackster's point; I had an SA XXD (now Expert Distance) #5 in camp several seasons back that was quite dirty and somehow we had no "official" line cleaning solution. At someones suggestion I cleaned it with a brand name dish washing detergent and a paper towel. That proved the end of that line...it squeaked and stalled through the guides and was unable to do what that line is so adept at; shooting and mending. Live and learn. Same goes for automotive vinyl restorer; it too, though widely recommended at one point as a line cleaning agent, damages the built-in plasticizers that exude slowly from the line's coating. Quality fly lines are costly but they are what makes our favorite rods cast the way they do and attention should be payed to their proper maintenance.