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Old 06-17-2012, 12:24 PM
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I was given an old bamboo rod with an automatic reel and silk line.

The first 10ft of line is pretty nasty in terms of the dressing falling off. After that, the line seems to be in great shape.

Any ideas on how to recondition the line and does all the old stuff need to be stripped off or just the bad part? How would I strip the line as well? Thanks!
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If it is a parallel line you can cut the nasty 10 ft....if it's a DT take the line out of the reel and check if the other side of the tapper is still good...you can try to clean the line with turpentine and soak it in flaxseed oil....hope some silk specialist will help you more
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If it is a parallel line you can cut the nasty 10 ft....if it's a DT take the line out of the reel and check if the other side of the tapper is still good...you can try to clean the line with turpentine and soak it in flaxseed oil....hope some silk specialist will help you more
+1, but after the 'soak' you'll really need to condition the line with Musilen (sp?) There two 'colours' to choose from: "Red and Green." Either does something a bit different (and there is a difference so hit Google as I can't remember off the top of my head). Before the Muz bit tie the line off at one end and give it a good stretch before you apply same. This will also give you an opportunity to 'walk the line' looking for 'bad spots.'

As JB says above if this is a DT line (98% probability) cut off the skuz bit just flip the line around and you're good to go.

Edit: Go light on the turpentine soak; little is better than more. Only time I'd go there is if the line were really 'gunkie.' Is that a word?

After the 'soak, really wipe the line off and get as much of that out of there as you can. Then a warm water bath in a something like Woolhite (not a detergent!). Let dry, good stretch of the line, then the flaxseed oil. Remember, Silk is a natural material ....... Little worms produced all the base product that went into that. ;>)

A 'on topic' fun read: http://www.bamboorodmaking.com/html/fly_line.html
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Thanks for helping Yareelohim Fred....Mucilin:Mucilin Natural Floatant for fly lines!, Natural Mucilin or Silicone Mucilin grease line treatments to suit all conditions
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Jb, a question of how long your going to use the line between cleanings. The Silly-con will last far longer but a (four letter word) to clean up after. The 'natural' is a cinch, but you'll do so far more often.

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I cam across this page Silk Fly Lines when I was thinking of trying silk but if you ask me a good old 444 or a Mastry DT is alot less work.
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Sigh ... Wt, Wt .. where is your sense of history?

Normally use two-handers but a hundred plus years ago some old fellow was using a wooden rod, standing in a wood boat no less, and chucked a silk line 180 (verified) feet. That 'record' held until just a year'ish ago.

Boo's and silk lines make you sit at the waters edge and think before you wade in and cast. A quite smoke, if you do, and it's a total new way of thinking.

For me, on the three upper folks of the Rogue, it's a whole new mind set that I'd use on the full river below the Wm Jess dam. Even the old Doggies just sit down and contemplate the 'now this is different.' Sounds odd, but it's obvious that they do.

Hiding behind tree trunks, walking over one on the river and 'dappling' a fly.

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Oh I hear you Fred, it was the history that peaked my interest But I have a small fortune sunk into another part of history, and cannot afford the $190+ for a line I know (deep down) I'm most likely too lazy to treat properly. I've been fishing 444DT Peach off my glass 4wt and look forward to trying the SylkDT when I finally get some cane built.
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Dead God, haven't we all?

But you're right 'the Peach on a Boo is just that' ... a Peach. The only 'standard line' on a boo that really works that I've found. I'm sure there others, but not willing to drop $70 -$90 bucks to find out.
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That's great info, thank you everyone. I think I will re-condition this line but purchase the 444 as well and try them both.
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